Jazz Flutist Herbie Mann Dies
Jazz flutist Herbie Mann, who became an international success by marrying Brazilian and African rhythms to mainstream jazz, has died at the age of 73 after a long battle with prostate cancer, a busineJazz flutist Herbie Mann, who became an international success by marrying Brazilian and African rhythms to mainstream jazz, has died at the age of 73 after a long battle with prostate cancer, a business associate said today (July 2).
The Brooklyn-born Mann, who started off as a tenor sax player in the style of Lester Young but switched to flute when he got a job with a Dutch jazz band, died in New Mexico, where he was a resident in recent years.
In 1958 he formed his own group and added a conga player, becoming an international success with records like "Herbie Mann at the Village Gate," "Do the Bossa Nova with Herbie Mann" and "Herbie Mann/Joao Gilberto/Antonio Carlos Jobim," which helped to usher in the Bossa Nova craze.
Over the past few years, Mann remained active despite his illness. Since 1998, he worked with a new group, Sona Terra, which featured his son Geoff on drums and mandolin. The artist also formed a non-profit organization, the Herbie Mann Prostate Cancer Awareness Music Foundation, to foster research into new treatments for the disease.
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