Eddie Barefield, 81, saxophonist and clarinetist who played with many big bands, died Jan. 3 in New York of a heart attack.
During his 60-year career, Barefield played with the Count Basie Orchestra, McKinney’s Cotton Pickers, Cab Calloway, Benny Carter, Duke Ellington, Fletcher Henderson, Les Hite, Don Redman and Zach Whyte.
He played in Broadway pit orchestras for about 20 years and performed in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for 10 years. In addition, he composed and arranged for Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller and Paul Whiteman.
He appeared in the films “Swinging Kid” with Al Jolson, “Every Day’s A Holiday” with Louis Armstrong and “The Night They Raided Minsky’s.”
Survived by his wife, Consuela, and daughter, Patricia Poindexter.