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MUSIC INDUSTRY: Mouse Bonati: Portrait of a Jazz Hero

Joe “The Mouse” Bonati isn’t widely known among most jazz fans. The saxophonist died in 1983 at age 53 after spending his latter years playing in Las Vegas. Born in 1930 in Buffalo, N.Y., Bonati had a less-than-desirable childhood and found solace in the alto saxophone at age 14. Two years later he was playing locally professionally…


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