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According to a Facebook post from New Orleans pianist Josh Paxton, New Orleans saxist Jerry Jumonville has passed. Below is about Jerry Jumonville from John Laughter's HISTORY OF TOP 40 SAXOPHONE SOLOS:

West Coast studio legend Jerry Jumonville has returned to his Crescent City roots and the music he loves best. Growing up in the golden age of New Orleans rhythm and blues, Jumonville was inspired by artists like Fats Domino and Smiley Lewis, and by Lee Allen, the great saxophonist who played on many of their recordings. Later, the sophisticated, jazz-influenced R&B of Ray Charles sparked Jumonville’s interest in modern jazz. Using the saxophonists of the Ray Charles Band, Hank Crawford and David “Fathead” Newman, as his models, Jerry developed a style that is informed by bebop yet deeply rooted in the blues.

By his late teens, Jumonville was already a fixture on Bourbon Street, performing with Al Hirt, the young Mac “Dr. John” Rebennack, and many others. Traveling to Los Angeles in the late 1960s, he was soon in demand as a studio musician and arranger. Highlights include: the sax solo on Rod Stewart’s hit “Tonight’s The Night”; horn arrangements, recording, and acting in Bette Midler’s movie “The Rose”; recording with Bonnie Raitt, the Doobie Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Van Morrison, Big Joe Turner, and Freddie King; and live performances with Rickie Lee Jones, Nicolette Larson, and Delaney and Bonnie.

Since returning to New Orleans in the early 1990s, Jerry has led his own band and continued arranging, performing, and recording with such artists as Rockin’ Dopsie, Jr., and Johnny Angel and the Swingin’ Demons. Leading the Jump City Band, Jerry performs New Orleans R&B, jazz standards, swing dance favorites, and bossa nova, as well as his own original compositions in all these classic styles. Featuring Jerry Jumonville’s swinging tenor sax, this is the band that can go from a whisper to a wail, from the most romantic sounds in town to the funkiest gettin’ down!
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