Phil Woods, Top Jazz Saxophonist, Has Died

September 29, 2015 11:42 PM

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Alto saxophonist Phil Woods, a leading jazz performer since the 1950s, died Tuesday afternoon. The cause was related to emphysema, his longtime agent, Joel Chriss, confirmed. Woods was 83.

As a teenager, Woods would commute to New York City for lessons with pianist Lennie Tristano, then check out jazz performances all night and take the early bus back to his hometown, Springfield, Mass. Woods eventually studied classical music at the Juilliard School and found his way into the New Yor...

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