b. Charles Robert Munro, 22 May 1917, Christchurch, New Zealand, d. 9 December 1985, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. Establishing himself as a good player of several members of the saxophone family while still in his teens, Munro moved to Australia where he began a long career as a respected studio musician. Although much of this career was spent working in the commercial surroundings of dance bands and music for the theatre, Munro’s wide-ranging musical interests led him into effective contact with free jazz. He also drew inspiration from music of other cultures, studied and played the cello, and was an able accompanist to singers.
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