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Saxophonist Earl Turbinton dies

Aug. 4, 2007 at 10:32 PM

BATON ROUGE, La., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- Earl Turbinton, a saxophone player who was one of the leaders in modern jazz in New Orleans, has died.

Turbinton, 65, had suffered from lung cancer for some time, The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported. He died in Baton Rouge.

Inspired by Cannonball Adderley and John Coltrane, Turbinton was one of the founders in 1969 of The Workshop, a club on Decatur Street. He hoped the club would become a local center for the avant-garde in jazz.

During his career, he worked with B.B. King and his brother, Wilson "Willie Tee" Turbinton. The brothers recorded "Brothers for Life" in 1988.