Jazz saxophonist Jay Migliori, who performed with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Frank Zappa and Frank Sinatra as well as the Grammy-winning group Supersax, died Sunday Sept. 2 of colon cancer. He was 70.
Migliori, who lived in the Southern California city of
Mission Viejo, underwent cancer surgery six years ago but until just six weeks before his death, he continued performing in nightclubs and other venues five nights a week.
As a studio musician, Migliori played on more than 4,000 commercial recordings including singles and albums by Sinatra, Dean Martin, Glen Campbell, the Beach Boys, Tito Puente, Neil Diamond, the Manhattan Transfer, the Monkees, Ray Charles and Celine Dion.
He also performed with more than two dozen major bands including those led by the likes of Davis, Stan Kenton, Terry Gibbs, Louie Bellson, Si Zentner and Maynard Ferguson.
In 1971, Erie, Pa., native joined Supersax, a group with five saxophonists that specialized in performing arrangements of the improvised solos of Parker. The group’s album “Supersax Plays Bird” won a Grammy in 1973 for best jazz instrumental performance by a group.
Migliori recorded four of his own albums including “Jazz in Transition” and “Smile.”
He is survived by his wife, Patti, four children and two grandchildren.