Jazz Saxophonist Med Flory Dies

GRAMMY-winning founder of Supersax also had a successful career as an actor
March 16, 2014 -- 11:19 am PDT

Alto saxophonist Med Flory, founder of the GRAMMY-winning jazz group Supersax, has died. A cause of death has not been disclosed. He was 87. Born in Logansport, Ind., in 1926 to a musician mother, Flory started playing in bands in New York in 1954. Two years later he moved to Los Angeles, becoming part of the West Coast’s cool jazz scene and playing with notables such as Art Pepper. In 1972 he formed the group Supersax with Buddy Clark and they won a GRAMMY for Best Jazz Performance By A Group in 1973 for Supersax Plays Bird. The group went on to release a number of albums through the '90s. Flory's acting career stretched from the '60s to the early '90s, with appearances on dozens of TV shows, including "Dallas" and "The Dukes Of Hazzard," as well as roles in films such as Jerry Lewis' The Nutty Professor. In 2008 his hometown of Logansport launched the Med Flory Jazz And Blues Festival, an annual festival celebrating Flory's artistic contributions to jazz and featuring performances by local jazz and blues artists. 

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