Friday, September 22

OBITUARIES


Faculty member leaves behind music

Harold Land, a tenor saxophonist and faculty member of the UCLA
Jazz Studies Program, died of a stroke July 27. He was 73.

Born in Houston and raised in San Diego, Land became interested
in music while in high school after hearing Coleman Hawkins’
classic recording of “Body and Soul.”

He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s, and in 1954, joined
the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet and recorded several albums.
After two years with the group, he returned to L.A.

Land joined the UCLA faculty as a lecturer in October 1996,
where he taught an instrumental jazz combo.

“Harold Land was one of the major contributors in the
history of the jazz saxophone,” said Kenny Burrell, director
of the UCLA Jazz Studies Program. “He was a vital and
well-loved member of the jazz faculty here at UCLA.”

His appearances as star soloist with Tony Bennett in Las Vegas
and on tour brought him into popular culture spotlight.

He appeared on “The Johnny Carson Show,” “The
Merv Griffin Show” and “The Mike Douglas
Show.”

Land received two National Endowment for the Arts Composition
Fellowship Grants: in 1979 for “Midnight Mood,” a
composition performed in 1980 for the Los Angeles Committee on
Jazz, and in 1975 for “The Ten Worlds,” a jazz suite
performed in 1976 at UCLA’s Royce Hall.

Then-L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed Sept. 15, 1991, as Harold
Land Day.

He recorded an album with strings in “A Lazy
Afternoon,” with orchestrations by Ray Ellis, released in
1994. In the late 1990s, he performed widely on his own, both
locally and abroad.

Land is survived by his wife, Lydia; a son, jazz pianist Harold
Land Jr.; and a grandson.

Medical student killed in car accident

Sukey Egger, a senior medical student, was killed in an
automobile accident this month. She was 32.

“She was an incredible source of energy and love and
generosity and an amazing person. She excelled in everything she
did,” said Jeffrey Egger, her husband.

Egger was committed to improving the lives of underserved
children and enjoyed time with her family, lecturing, and reading
murder mysteries.

She earned her undergraduate degree at Yale University before
marrying and relocating to complete her doctorate degree in
psychology at UCLA.

Egger enjoyed success not only in academia, but also in playing
the piano, chorus and journalism.

Egger is survived by two daughters, her husband, parents,
maternal grandmother and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

Her friends and family have established the Sukey Egger Medical
Student Scholarship. They hope the scholarship will fund one or two
students each year who have demonstrated a commitment to helping
the underserved.

Contributions to the Sukey Egger Medical Students Scholarship
can be sent to the Medical School Office of Student Affairs or to
the dean of the School of Medicine.

Reports from Daily Bruin staff and wire services.

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