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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Steve Grossman (1951 - 2020)

Ex Miles Davis tenor/soprano saxist Steve Grossman died on August 13. Damon Brown has paid a loving tribute on LJN and Damon was on the two gigs where I heard Steve.

In February 2009, the duo fronted a quintet with Robin Aspland (piano); Mark Hodgson (bass) and Sebastiaan de Krom (drums). It wasn't Steve's best night as he'd damaged his vertebrae and had to sit down for most of the evening. However, when he did stand up to blow it soon became evident as to why Miles had had him on the team.

In September of the same year at the Scarborough Jazz Festival, again with Damon on cornet and this time, Leon Greening on piano, he was at the top of his game leaving me with a lasting memory of a great player.

Sadly missed.

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