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Mangione Jazzmen Niewood & Mellet Die In Crash

Gerry Niewood

Coleman Mellet

Chuck Mangione

On February 13th, 2009 the lives of Mangione jazz musicians Gerry Niewood, 64, of Rochester, N.Y., and Coleman Mellett of Maryland were taken in a plane crash. Niewood played saxophone and flute and Mellett was a guitarist. In a statement, flugelhorn jazz great Chuck Mangione said: “I’m in shock over the horrible, heartbreaking tragedy of the crash of Flight 3407, which took the lives of my dear friends and band members. I am grieving and praying with their families and friends.” Mangione and his band were scheduled to perform Friday with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Kleinhans Music Hall. The concert has been postponed. All 49 people on board and one person on the ground were killed in the crash of Continental Connection Flight 3407 from Newark, N.J. The cause of the disaster was under investigation. It has been conjectured that the plane was on auto-pilot at the time, a possible abuse of FAA policy. (source:AP)

Gerry Niewood Solo With Chuck Mangione:

Thirty Second Coleman Mellet Solo with Mangione's Band:

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