Gerry Mulligan, 68, a baritone saxophonist and...


Gerry Mulligan, 68, a baritone saxophonist and versatile jazz musician who worked with Dave Brubeck, Miles Davis and Duke Ellington, died Saturday of complications from a knee infection at his home in Darien, Conn.

Mr. Mulligan helped create the cool jazz movement but was also at home in big band, be-bop and Dixieland. He was a bandleader and composer.

He wrote arrangements for Johnny Warrington's radio band as a teen-ager and wrote for Gene Krupa's band. He became part of the cool jazz movement and took part in Mr. Davis' recordings in 1949 and 1950.

Mr. Mulligan won acclaim in 1952 after forming his first pianoless quartet in Los Angeles. He played and recorded with Mr. Ellington at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1958.

Marcia Davenport, 92, a best-selling novelist whose books inspired movies starring some of Hollywood's top names, died in Monterey, Calif. Her better known works included "Valley of Decision," which was made into a 1945 film starring Greer Garson and Gregory Peck, and "East Side, West Side," which was made into a movie starring Barbara Stanwyck and James Mason in 1949.

Sidney Korshak, 88, the brother of a Chicago politician and identified in congressional testimony as the liaison between Hollywood and the Chicago Mafia, died of a heart attack Saturday in Los Angeles. He died a day after his brother, former Illinois state Sen. Marshall Korshak died in Chicago at 85. The two shared a law practice in Chicago for years before Sidney Korshak left for the West Coast. Sidney Korshak was linked to the mob by author Dan Moldea in his book, "Dark Victory: Ronald Reagan, MCA and the Mob," about the relationship between Mr. Korshak and MCA executives.

Mohammed Hamed Abul Nasr, 82, who led Egypt's largest Islamic group during a decade in which its influence grew to threaten the government, died Saturday in Cairo, Egypt, after a lengthy illness. The leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood had been in the hands of his deputies since last year.

Don Simpson, believed to be 50 or 52, a movie producer whose blockbusters "Flashdance," "Beverly Hills Cop" and "Top Gun" helped define the pop culture of the 1980s, died Friday in Los Angeles.

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