Alto sax king is deadmain
Herb Geller played so much in Europe that US media have failed to register his death last Thursday and his burial in Forest Lawn, California.
After a spell with Benny Goodman, Geller went to Paris and Berlin, depressed by the death of his young wife. He got offered a job at the RIAS band and later at the radio band in Hamburg where, in addition to attracting major soloists, he liked to play all the woodwind instruments in the row, from clarinet to piccolo. Among many compositions, he wrote a musical on the life of the entertainer Josephine Baker.