November 26, 2012

Members of Marcus Miller Band injured when bus overturns

GENEVA - Grammy-winning jazz bassist Marcus Miller and several members of his band were injured when their bus overturned Sunday on a busy highway in Switzerland, killing the driver, police said.

The German-registered private bus tipped over as it drove into a bend on the A2 highway in central Switzerland and came to a rest on its side, police said. The bus was carrying 13 people -- two drivers and 11 members of the Marcus Miller Band, including Miller.

The bassist has worked with jazz greats such as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wayne Shorter, according to his website. He won two Grammys, his first coming in 1991 for Best Rhythm & Blues Song ("Power of Love") along with Luther Vandross and Teddy Vann, and the second came in 2001 for Best Contemporary Jazz Album ("M2").

The band was on its way from Monte Carlo to the Dutch town of Hengelo, the next stop on the American band's tour, where it was due to perform Monday.

The driver who was at the wheel at the time of the accident sustained fatal injuries. Police said the 12 passengers were injured and taken to hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries.

Towns recovering after attack by dog at motel

NEW ORLEANS - Dirty Dozen Brass Band trumpeter Efrem Towns is recovering at home in New Orleans from a vicious attack by a Rottweiler at an Atlanta motel.

He missed performances in Colorado and New Orleans after the attack on Nov. 18, and doesn't know if he'll make the band's next scheduled gig on Dec. 28, The Times-Picayune reported.

He and baritone sax player Roger Lewis said the dog surged from an open motel room door after Towns knocked on the door of Lewis' room."I didn't know if it was a dog, wolverine, bear, mongoose or what. I just knew something had me," Towns said.

He said the dog's owner came out of the next room, and they were able to subdue it.

At Atlanta's Grady Hospital, he received 30 stitches in his groin. Towns said he will be seeing a urologist this week.

The Dirty Dozen Brass Band formed in 1977, and is credited with creating the contemporary, funk-infused brass band sound. It's been featured on albums with David Bowie, Elvis Costello and the Black Crowes.

Towns said he probably could practice while convalescing.

"But I'm very uncomfortable right now," he said Friday. "I'm basically immobilized -- it's hard getting around. I'm kind of miserable."

– From news service reports

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