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About Michael Brecker

As a result of his stylistic and harmonic innovations, 15-time Grammy winner Michael Brecker is widely regarded as one of the most eminent saxophonists of the last 40 years and among the world’s most studied contemporary instrumentalists in music schools today.

Before the rise of his solo career, Michael was a co-founder of the seminal jazz-rock group Dreams, and co-leader of both Steps Ahead and the Brecker Brothers. He has recorded and performed with a Who’s Who of jazz and pop giants, including Eric Clapton, Herbie Hancock, Steely Dan, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Joni Mitchell, Chet Baker, Parliament Funkadelic, Chick Corea, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Metheny, Billy Joel, Frank Zappa, Paul Simon and James Taylor. The New York Times hailed Michael as, “Among the most influential musicians in jazz since the 1960s.” Jazziz magazine wrote: “You’ll find no better example of stylistic evolution than Michael Brecker, inarguably the most influential tenor stylist of the past 25 years.”

Michael Brecker passed away from MDS in January 2007. He could not find a matching donor. He was 57 years old.