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"George Harper Jr., 71, a tenor saxophonist who toured with Ray Charles in the early 2000s and played regularly in local jazz clubs, died Wednesday at a Santa Monica hospice of natural causes, his family announced.
Besides accompanying Charles on concert tours in the last few years before the singer's death in 2004, Harper played with Herbie Hancock, Bobby Caldwell, Jimmy Smith, Doug Carn and other jazzmen.
He did not become a full-time jazz musician until the early 1990s, working for more than 25 years in the aerospace industry as a software programmer.
His introduction to music came at an early age. He was born March 7, 1942, in Savannah, Ga., where his father was an Episcopal minister and church choir director. He became interested in jazz as a teenager and devoted himself to the genre while studying at Morehouse College in Atlanta." He passed away in February.

They had a nice memorial concert for him a few weeks back in Leimert Park here in Los Angeles.

Here is some of George's playing with Doug Carne's "Moonchild". A very peaceful soul who never said a negative word about his fellow musicians.

 

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Here is George going full bore on Doug Carn's rendition of Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" with the ethereal Jean Carn on vocals. Lyrics written by Doug Carn.

The "Acknowledgement" video is actually the one below this one. Sorry for the confusion.

If you get a chance check out Jean Carn on Wayne Shorter's "Infant Eyes" also.

 
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