Home » Jazz News » Don Lanphere, Seattle Sax great, dead at 75

Obituary News

Don Lanphere, Seattle Sax great, dead at 75


Sign in to view read count
From the Seattle Times:

'Seattle Jazz Patriarch' was top bebop artist By Stephen H. Dunphy Seattle Times associate editor

Don Lanphere, the legendary Wenatchee-born bebop jazz saxophone player who overcame dependence on drugs and alcohol to become one of the deans of Seattle jazz musicians, died yesterday at Group Health Eastside Hospital in Redmond. He was 75. Mr. Lanphere, of Kirkland, was a regular at jazz events in the region, playing a gig at Tula's, in numerous festivals and as featured tenor sax with the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra. He was among the top bebop jazz musicians, improvising with the rapid-fire riffs that characterized that style of jazz.

But he was more than that. He could write a chart

For more information contact .


Jazz News


Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.