Originally Posted by jamndrummer
I believe he would of been at PASIC this year.
Steve Marcus, jazz saxophonist, dies
The Associated Press
NEW HOPE, Pa. - Steve Marcus, a jazz saxophonist who recorded and toured with Stan Kenton, Herbie Mann and Buddy Rich, has died. He was 66.
Marcus died in his sleep at his home in New Hope on Sunday, family members said.
He was a pioneer of the jazz fusion movement of the late 1960s, a musical movement that combined elements of rock 'n' roll and jazz.
Born in the Bronx, on Sept. 18, 1939, Marcus attended the Berklee School of Music in Boston, family members said.
"He was one of the players that was able to play main stream jazz and yet cross over into the rock idiom with a completely natural understanding of the music," said fellow saxophonist Andy Fusco, 57.
Marcus was currently touring with the quintet "Steve Smith and Buddy's Buddies," a tribute band to the music of Buddy Rich, said Fusco, a member of the group.
Jazz guitarist Larry Coryell attended the funeral, which was held Tuesday in Valhalla, N.Y.
"Steve Marcus was one of the greatest saxophonists in all of music," Coryell said. "He truly was able to unite jazz with the popular music of the time."
Several of Marcus' recordings have been recently reissued, including "The Count's Rock Band," and "Tomorrow Never Knows," which garnered five stars from Down Beat Magazine when it was released, Fusco said.
Marcus is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and a daughter, Holly.