Steve Lacy was one of the most important soprano saxophonists in the history of jazz, alongside his main inspiration, Sidney Bechet, and John Coltrane, who asked him for tips about the horn. He’s one of the few musicians in jazz to dedicate himself completely to the straight horn. An innovative and uncompromising player with his own unmistakable sound and a dauntingly large discography, Lacy was also a daring composer and a visionary bandleader.
Cultured and widely-read, a passionate and perceptive student of the visual arts, the saxophonist was also one of the foremost interpreters and students of the music of Thelonious Monk.
Steve Lacy was born as Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City on July 23, 1934, the youngest of three children. He... Read More