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September 27, 2013 at 7:57 PM

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Lenin the saxophone all over again


KEN LAMBERT / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Boyd Phelps plays his sax in Fremont Thursday at the feet of the Lenin statue. "It's a good place to play," says Phelps, who is relearning music after three strokes. According to a sign Phelps has out next to a sax case with dollar bills, he is a former music professor who has been published in DownBeat magazine and a former lead alto saxophonist in the Stan Kenton Orchestra. Phelps adds that he is "finding creative ways to relearn a lifetime of music." Judging by the clear, clean jazz heard here, that goal has been achieved.

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