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Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore dies

LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band performs with the band at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Moore died Tuesday in Los Angeles. 

Associated Press (2005)

LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band performs with the band at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. Moore died Tuesday in Los Angeles. 

LOS ANGELES — LeRoi Moore, the versatile saxophonist whose signature staccato fused jazz and funk overtones onto the eclectic sound of the Dave Matthews Band, died Tuesday (Aug. 19, 2008) of complications from injuries he suffered in an all-terrain vehicle accident, the band said. He was 46.

Mr. Moore died at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was admitted with complications that arose weeks after the wreck, according to a statement on the band's Web site. It did not specify what led to his death, and nursing supervisor Galina Shinder said the hospital could not release details.

On June 30, Mr. Moore crashed his ATV on his farm outside Charlottesville, Va., but was discharged and returned to his Los Angeles home to begin physical therapy. Complications forced him back to the hospital on July 17, the band said.

The band went on with its show Tuesday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, where band leader Dave Matthews dedicated the entire show to Mr. Moore.

"It's always easier to leave than be left," Matthews told the crowd, according to Ambrosia Healy, the band's publicist. "We appreciate you all being here."

Saxophonist Jeff Coffin, who played with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, had been sitting in for Mr. Moore during the band's summer tour.

Mr. Moore, who wore sunglasses at the bands' many live concerts, had classical training but said jazz was his main musical influence, according to a biography on the band's Web site.

"But at this stage I don't really consider myself a jazz musician," Mr. Moore said in the biography. Playing with the Dave Matthews Band was "almost better than a jazz gig," he said. "I have plenty of space to improvise, to try new ideas."

Matthews credited Mr. Moore with arranging many of his songs, which combine Cajun fiddle-playing, African-influenced rhythms and Matthews' playful but haunting voice.

The band formed in 1991 in Charlottesville, Va., when Matthews was working as a bartender. He gave a tape of his songs to Mr. Moore, who liked what he heard and recruited his friend and fellow jazzman Carter Beauford to play drums, and other musicians. The group broke out of the local music scene with the album Under the Table and Dreaming.

The band won a Grammy in 1997 for the song So Much to Say off its second album Crash. Other hits include What Would You Say, Crash Into Me and Satellite.

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