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Steve Lacy was a jazz soprano saxophonist known for his work with Thelonius Monk and other jazz greats.
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Steve Lacy was born on July 23, 1934, in New York City. Beginning his musical career in Dixieland Jazz, Lacy played the soprano saxophone and became a famous sideman during the 1950s. In 1960, he recorded with Thelonius Monk, and his Soprano Today (1957) was the first of several recordings dedicated to Monk's work. Lacy died in 2004.
Saxophonist, born in New York City, USA. He concentrated entirely on the soprano saxophone, becoming a sideman of some the best soloists during the 1950s. In 1960 he recorded with Thelonius Monk, and Soprano Today (1957) was the first of several recordings dedicated to Monk's work.
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