THIS JUST IN: Leroi Moore, Saxophonist for the Dave Matthews Band, Dies at 46

In Jam bands, music, obituaries on August 20, 2008 by Editor Z

Leroi Moore, Saxiphonist for the Dave Matthews Band, Dead at Age 46. (1961-2008).

Just tonight, I heard at around the 9:00 hour on CNN. Dave Matthews Band Saxophonist and band member Leroi Moore died today at the age of 46.

Moore was a crucial member of the band whose saxophone playing lent much to the popular band’s sound. Evidently he died from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident earlier this Summer. The band released a statement on their website.

We are deeply saddened that LeRoi Moore, saxophonist and founding member of Dave Matthews Band, died unexpectedly Tuesday afternoon, August 19, 2008, at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles from sudden complications stemming from his June ATV accident on his farm near Charlottesville, Virginia. LeRoi had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin an intensive physical rehabilitation program.

Meanwhile here is the news from the San Jose Mercury News:

LOS ANGELES—Dave Matthews Band saxophone player LeRoi Moore, one of the group’s founding members and a key part of its eclectic jazz-infused sound, died Tuesday from injuries he sustained in an all-terrain vehicle accident in June. He was 46.
The band released a statement on its Web site confirming Moore died at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.

Moore was initially hospitalized in late June after the ATV accident on his farm outside Charlottesville, Va. He was later discharged and had recently returned to his Los Angeles home to begin a physical rehabilitation program when complications forced him back to the hospital on July 17, the band said.

It was not immediately clear what complications occurred. Galina Shinder, a nursing supervisor at Hollywood Presbyterian, said the hospital could not release any details.

Ambrosia Healy, the band’s publicist, said the band’s show Tuesday night in Los Angeles was not canceled. Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who played with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, had been sitting in for Moore during the band’s summer tour.

Moore had classical training but said jazz was his main musical influence, according to a biography on the band’s Web site.

“But at this stage I don’t really consider myself a jazz musician,” Moore said in the biography. Playing with the Dave Matthews Band was “almost better than a jazz gig,” he said. “I have plenty of space to improvise, to try new ideas. Matthews credited Moore with arranging many of his songs.

The band formed in the early 1990s in Charlottesville and broke out of the local music scene with the album “Under the Table and Dreaming.” The band won a Grammy Award in 1997 for its hit song “So Much to Say” off its second album “Crash.”



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