October 13, 2011
A story Monday on how the late saxophonist Michael Brecker helped get more people registered as bone marrow donors misstated the site where the story's author's donor was tested. It was Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Elkins Park.
October 10, 2011 |
The theme from Rocky blared as I stretched with scores of others preparing for this year's Broad Street Run. It evoked thoughts of another fighter, Philly-born jazz tenor saxophonist Michael Brecker, whose battle with leukemia had much to do with why I could survive the same disease and travel from western Massachusetts to join 30,000 runners this spring. Brecker - an elite jazz improviser and New York studio musician - died four years ago after he failed to find a match for a bone marrow transplant.
May 29, 2007 |
Michael Brecker, one of the greatest tenor saxophonists of our time and of all time, left this existence on Jan. 13 at the age of 57. But those who knew him and played with him believe that his musical and personal legacy will live on with the posthumous album Pilgrimage (Heads Up Records), which was released last week. "It is a testament to the awesome drive Michael had for his life, and his incredible will to live," Brecker's widow, Susan, said by telephone from her family home in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., about an hour's drive north of Manhattan.
February 21, 2007 |
The jazz world came together at Town Hall last night to remember saxophone player Michael Brecker. And it came to play. Brecker, the 13-time Grammy winner from Cheltenham who is widely regarded as the most influential sax man of the last 35 years, died from leukemia at age 57 in January. Last night, a lineup of luminaries including Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny and Paul Simon went onstage just a stone's throw from the bright lights of Times Square to pay tribute to a musician who played on more than 900 albums.
January 14, 2007 |
Michael Brecker, 57, the Grammy-winning saxophonist from Cheltenham who was one of the most highly regarded jazz players of his time and an in-demand session man who contributed to recordings by Bruce Springsteen and Parliament-Funkadelic, died yesterday in New York. In May 2005, Mr. Brecker learned he had myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood and bone-marrow disease formerly known as pre-leukemia. A worldwide search for a near-exact match needed for a bone-marrow transplant failed, and last May he received an experimental half-matching transplant from his daughter, Jessica.
August 23, 2005 |
The genes that bestowed a rare musical gift are now interrupting an important artistic life. Michael Brecker, the Cheltenham-born tenor saxophonist considered to be one of the most innovative and influential in the world, is suffering from a potentially deadly bone-marrow disease. An urgent search is on to find the close genetic match he needs for treatment. "We are all in a kind of shock," said Jaleel Shaw, an alto saxophonist who teaches jazz at Temple University. "I get lots of e-mails from different musicians about it. It's devastating.
August 2, 2005 |
Saxophonist Michael Brecker is gravely ill. The Philadelphia-born, Cheltenham-raised jazzman - who has won 11 Grammy Awards, more than any other sax player - has been diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome), a blood and bone marrow disease, according to an announcement on his Web site. Brecker, 56, is being treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, and needs a stem-cell transplant. In a career as a sideman and a leader, the tenor player - whose most recent album is Wide Angles (2003)
May 22, 1998 |
Philly/Cheltenham homeboy Michael Brecker is one bad cat on tenor. McCoy Tyner knew this when he featured Brecker on his 1995 "Infinity" (Impulse!). But everybody hasn't caught on - especially since Brecker had a reputation as more of a good studio sideman than an out-and-out player. Plus, his '70s foray into fusion with brother Randy as the Brecker Brothers created preconceived notions. Now comes "Two Blocks from the Edge," which clearly establishes Brecker as a tenor with tons of talent.
February 13, 1997 |
Something unexpected and wonderful has happened to Michael Brecker in the years since his 1990 effort Don't Try This at Home: The saxophonist, previously known for his dazzling, machine-gun technique, has learned how to have fun. The Cheltenham native, whose Tales From the Hudson (Impulse) is nominated for two Grammys, has lost none of his formidable command of the instrument. But his priorities have changed. He's less concerned with perfection, and more willing to toy with the music.
March 1, 1995 |
If you want to keep track of how well Philly does in the Grammy Awards tonight, here's a rundown of our town's nominees, and ones we can claim a piece of: Record of the year: "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men; "Streets of Philadelphia," Bruce Springsteen. Rhythm & blues duo or group: "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men. Rhythm & blues album: "II," Boyz II Men. Song of the year: "Streets of Philadelphia," Springsteen. Male rock vocal: "Streets of Philadelphia," Springsteen; "Philadelphia," Neil Young.