Med Flory enjoyed both a profitable music career and successful stints as a television and film writer and actor. His alto sax and clarinet work were deeply influenced by the classic bebop sound, notably the playing of Charlie Parker. Though he didn't directly emulate Parker, Flory's sound, phrasing, and approach reflected his reverence for his music.
He played clarinet and alto with Claude Thornhill in the '50s, and tenor with Woody Herman. Flory formed his own New York band in 1954, then moved to the West Coast two years later. He organized a big band that performed at the inaugural Monterey concert in 1958. He played with Terry Gibbs' nonet and orchestra in the late '50s and early '60s, recording with both units and also cutting sessions with Art Pepper and Herman on baritone.
Flory's acting career blossomed in the '60s, as he began appearing on many television shows and in films....