Jazz Music

Gato Barbieri Dies at Age 83

Latin Jazz saxophonist Leandro “Gato” Barbieri, who composed the Grammy-winning music for the steamy Marlon Brando film Last Tango in Paris and recorded dozens of albums over a career spanning more than seven decades, has died at age 83.

Laura Barbieri, his wife of nearly 20 years, said her husband died Saturday in a New York hospital from pneumonia. The musician recently had bypass surgery to remove a blood clot.

“Music was a mystery to Gato, and each time he played was a new experience for him, and he wanted it to be that way for his audience,” she said. “He was honored for all the years he had a chance to bring his music all around the world.”

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