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Don Lackritz

Born March 20, 1947, the son of Sherry and Bob Lackritz and nephew of famous soprano saxophonist Steve Lacy who was said to have introduced the instrument to John Coltrane (and it's true). His Uncle Steve had also played with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Stitt and countless others in the Sun Ra vein of Post War American Black Jazz. Don played the guitar at age 12 and diguised his youth in clubs with help of the mobbed up managements that controlled liquor licenses in bars and music venues in the 50's thru the late 70's in the New York Metropolitan State area. Don remembers Steve Lacy from family seders in the New York home of his uncle and aunr, Joe and Mildred Lackritz and how they celebrated listening to klesmer music and Charlie Parker Jazz tinged with a little Monk thrown in for good measure at the last call for alcohol


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