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LOREN PICKFORD, JAZZ ALTO SAXOPHONIST, FLUTIST/ DUDUK, PIANIST AND COMPOSER, was born in Fresno, California on Jan 26, 1945. His career spans 48 years of playing diverse musics. He played with Rythm and Blues artists, Jackie Wilson, T Bone Walker, Van Morrison, The Righteous Brothers, The Chi Lites and others before turning his full efforts to the jazz idiom. He has performed with Andrew Hill, George Cables, Billy Higgins, Frank Rossolino, Shorty Rogers/Bud Shank, Cecil McBee, Marvin Hannibal Peterson, The New Orleans All-Stars, The Paris Jazz Repetory Orchestra and many others. In 1986 he recorded his first CD, "Song For a Blue Planet", with sidemen, George Cables, John Heard and Billy Higgins. His second CD, "Dancing In The Spirit Fires" was nominated for the 1991 Jazz Grammy Award. Following a move in residence to New Orleans, LA, he recorded the CD, "Elysian Fields" with drummer, Brian Blade and trumpeter, Leroy Jones, and then three subsequent Cds, "Mid City", River Spirits" and "Arcturus". He has created theatre scores for Paul Sills "Story Theatre", " Metamorphisis", Sam Shepard's "Angel City", documentary scores for PBS's," A Master of Light" and PBR's "A New Orleans Christmas" and has contributed original music to the Warner Bros, movie score, "A Rat's Tale". In 2001 he evacuated New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and now resides in Kansas City, MO. and performs internationally.