Personalities | Steve Lacy | Seventies | Jazz & Blues

(Soprano saxophone, 1934–2004)

Born Steven Lackritz in New York City, Lacy began his career playing Dixieland music with veterans Henry ‘Red’ Allen and Rex Stewart, but became best known as a highly lyrical and adventurous champion of the soprano saxophone. His adoption of the straight horn, neglected since the heyday of Sidney Bechet, inspired John Coltrane to double on the instrument. Lacy moved to Paris in 1970 and recorded extensively, often taking inspiration from poets and painters.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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