Barrie, Ontario’s Premier Big Band

"In composition you have all the time you want to decide what to say in 15 seconds, in improvisation you have 15 seconds."

-Steve Lacy



Steve Lacy, born Steven Norman Lackritz in New York City, was an American jazz saxophonist and composer recognized as one of the important players of soprano saxophone. Coming to prominence in the 1950s as a progressive dixieland musician, Lacy went on to a long and prolific career. He worked extensively in experimental jazz and to a lesser extent in free improvisation, but Lacy's music was typically melodic and tightly-structured. Lacy also became a highly distinctive composer, with compositions often built out of little more than a single questioning phrase, repeated several times.

Barrie, Ontario’s Premier Big Band

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