Seatle Saxophonist Bill Ramsay has died at 95

Photo Credit: Jim Levitt

Well known Seattle saxophonist Bill Ramsay died on  March 3rd, he was 95. He was a founding member of the Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra in 1995 after leading his own big band in the 1980s. In a career starting in the 60s he was a member of the big bands of Count Basie (joining the band three weeks before Basie’s death), Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Les Brown, and worked with the bands of Quincy Jones, Grover Mitchell, Maynard Ferguson, the Frank Wess/Harry Edison Orchestra, the Stan Kenton Alumni Band and others.

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