Steve Lacy

Steve Lacy, born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, was a jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. #


  • A jazz musician is a combination orator, dialectician, mathematician, athlete, entertainer, poet, singer, dancer, diplomat, educator, student, comedian, artist, seducer, public masturbator, and general all-round good fellow.

  • In fifteen seconds the difference between composition and improvisation is that in composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in fifteen seconds, while in improvisation you have fifteen seconds.

  • Let’s call it spirit, because to me, there is spirit in a reed. It’s a living thing, a reed, really, and it does contain spirit of a sort. And they say these areas make sound when the wind comes. It’s really an ancient vibration.

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