Gerry Niewood

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Gerry Niewood in 1974.

Gerry Niewood (born April 6, 1943 as Gerard Joseph Nevidosky in Rochester (New York) , † February 12, 2009 in Clarence Center (New York) ) was a jazz musician ( alto saxophone , tenor saxophone , flute and clarinet ).

Live and act

Niewood first played with Buddy Rich and Louie Bellson . He became known as a longtime member of the band Chuck Mangiones , which he joined in 1968. At the same time he continued his studies at the Eastman School of Music , which he graduated in 1970; he had previously received a BA in Industrial Relations from the University at Buffalo in 1965 . As a leader, Niewood rarely appeared, after two albums for A&M in 1975 and 1977 he was again active for other artists for a long time, including Simon & Garfunkel at their famous concert in Central Park in 1981 and Gerry Mulligan as well Gil Evans .

1985 Niewood again released an album that is stylistically associated with fusion and smooth jazz and was released on the audiophile label dmp; He was supported by prominent musicians from the fusion scene such as Dave Weckl and Joe Beck . As a leader he later recorded two more albums; In 2004 his last album was released, on which his son Adam , also a saxophonist, can be heard. From the 1990s he played again with Mangione and continued to work as a guest musician a. a. for Sinéad O'Connor and Liza Minnelli . Niewood can also be heard on a number of movie soundtracks (such as Harry and Sally and In the Streets of the Bronx ). He was also principal saxophonist in the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra.

Niewood was killed on February 12, 2009 on the way to a gig with Mangione and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in an aircraft accident ( Continental Airlines flight 3407 ). In addition to his son Adam (* 1977), he also left a daughter (* 1985).


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  1. ^ Obituary in the Rochester City news