Albert “Sax” Berry, Philadelphia Musician, dies at 87.

Albert Sax BerryALBERT “SAX” BERRY, 87, February 18, in Philadelphia. After being honorably discharged from the service in 1949 he pursued a career as a jazz saxophonist. He formed his first group, which played in the New York City area, with alto sax player Sam Gittens.

He later returned to his hometown of Philadelphia and formed another group with drummer Duck Scott and keyboardist Sonny Brown. In 1979 he met his wife Carol Cooper and the couple hosted “Keep Jazz Alive” events to pay tribute to jazz artists and their supporters in the Philadelphia area.

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