A big loss for the music world - I remember seeing the Brecker Bros.  perform 
at the Roxy Theater in Hollywood in the late 70's. Michael was one  hell of a 
player - Sorry to see him go.
John K
In a message dated 1/14/2007 1:23:20 A.M. Pacific Standard Time,  

Saxophonist Michael  Brecker succumbs to  cancer.

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael  Brecker, a versatile and much-studied jazz 
saxophonist who won 11 Grammys over  a career that spanned more than three 
died Saturday at age  57.

Brecker  died in New York of leukemia, according to his longtime friend and 
agent,  Darryl Pitt. 
In recent  years, the saxophonist had struggled myelodysplastic syndrome, a 
cancer in  which the bone marrow stops producing enough healthy blood cells. 
The disease,  known as MDS, often progresses to leukemia. 
Becker,  who had a home in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, was born in 1949 in  
Philadelphia and had won 11 Grammys for his work as a tenor saxophonist. He  
was inspired to study the tenor saxophone by the work of jazz legend John  
Coltrane, according to his website. 
He and  his brothers led a successful jazz-rock fusion group called the 
Brecker  Brothers. Throughout his career, he recorded and performed with 
jazz  and pop music leaders, including Herbie Hancock and Joni Mitchell, 
according  to the site. 
His  technique on the saxophone was widely emulated and taught. Jazziz 
magazine  once called him "inarguably the most influential tenor stylist of the 
25  years." 
Though  somewhat introverted, his struggle with the blood disease led him to 
publicly  encourage people to enroll in marrow donor programs. 
Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights  reserved.
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