Bari Woodwind founder and lifelong saxophonist Wolfe (Tayne) Taninbaum, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 95.
Born May 17, 1917, Taninbaum spent his entire life in the music industry, first as a respected musician in New York City and later as a innovative designer of mouthpieces and synthetic reeds.
He played under the stage name of Wolfe Tayne for such famous orchestras as Les Brown, Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey. He also sat in with the CBS and NBC orchestras.
In 1952, Taninbaum who was not happy with products available on the market at the time created his own signature line mouthpieces designed to achieve tones he was unable to find as a performing musician. The successes he enjoyed led to the creation of the Bari Company which introduced another Taninbaum innovation, the synthetic reed.
In 2004, Taninbaum retired from the industry after selling the Bari Company to the Cavanaugh Company, the parent company of Super-Sensitive Musical String Co and Black Diamond Strings.
He will be remembered by many for his passion for music and as a great mouthpiece designer.
His wife Sylvia, preceded him in death in 2007.