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Alto Reed (1948–2020), Bob Seger saxophonist

by Kirk Fox

Alto Reed was the longtime saxophonist for Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band.

  • Died: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 (Who else died on December 30?)
  • Details of death: Died at the age of 72 from colon cancer.
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Rock Star Saxophone Player

Alto Reed, born Thomas Cartmell, was an original member of Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band, playing with the rock group since 1974. He was a popular figure on stage at their live shows with his cool style and flashy moves. Reed was an in-demand saxophonist who worked with Foghat, Grand Funk Railroad, and Robin Gibb. He may be best known for his legendary saxophone solo that opens the classic Bob Seger song, “Turn the Page.”

Tributes to Alto Reed

Full Obituary: Detroit Free Press


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