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Hafer, Dick
May 29, 1927 - December 15, 2012
Dick Hafer, a fine veteran tenor saxophonist who played for many of the big bands in jazz, died peacefully on December 15, 2012. He died at La Costa Glen a retirement community in La Costa, CA. He was born in Wyomissing, PA on May 29, 1927. Dick's 60-plus years in the music business started with the Charlie Barnet orchestra. He played with Woody Herman, Claude Thornhill, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton and many others. He was also on recordings led by Ruby Braff, Herbie Mann, Bobby Hackett, Charlie Mingus and Nat King Cole. He played with the studio band on The Merv Griffin Show in the 60s. He also worked with such legendary vocalists as Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and Johnny Hartman. Dick spent many years playing on Broadway shows and recording. In the 1990s Dick released two albums under his name titled, In a Sentimental Mood and Prez Impressions (a tribute to Lester Young). Dick was preceded in death by his son Timothy. He is survived by his wife Betty, a brother Donald Hafer, a daughter Lisa and son-in-law Bryan, three grandsons, Taro, Alex and Chris and a granddaughter, Cameron.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Dec. 21 to Dec. 22, 2012
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