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1935
Pianist and band leader Bennie Moten dies at 40.

1942
Guitarist Charlie Christian dies at 25.

1955
Altoist Charlie "Bird" Parker dies at age 34.

1956
Virtuoso Jazz Pianist Art Tatum Dies.

1958
West Coast pianist Carl Perkins dies at age 29.

1958
"The Father of the Blues" W.C. Handy dies at 84.

1959
Tenor sax legend Lester Young dies at 49.

1963
Tenorist and flutist Bobby Jaspar dies at 37.

1965
Tadd Dameron dies at age 48.

1974
Pianist Bobby Timmons dies at 38.

1976
Bassist Jimmy Garrison dies at 42.

1977
Jazz French horn pioneer Julius Watkins dies at 55.

1977
Trombonist Bennie Green dies at 53.

1978
Organist Larry Young dies at 37.

1982
Ellington drummer Sonny Greer dies at 86.

1983
Saxophonist and arranger Gigy Gryce dies at 55.

1983
Trumpeter Ernie Royal dies at 62.

1985
Saxophonist Zoot Sims dies at 59.

1987
Basie guitarist Freddie Green dies at 75.

1987
Drummer and band leader Buddy Rich dies at 69.

1987
Vocalist Maxine Sullivan dies at 75.

1988
Bassist Tommy Potter dies at 69.

1988
Drummer Dannie Richmond dies at 52.

1988
Arranger and pianist Gil Evans dies at age 75.

1989
Tenor player Arnett Cobb dies at 70.

1990
Sarah Vaughan dies at 66.

1991
Clarinetist John Carter dies at 61.

1991
"Austin High School" saxophonist Bud Freeman dies at age 84.

1992
Bassist Red Callender dies at 76.

1992
Bassist Monty Budwig dies at 62.

1993
Pianist Art Hodes dies at 86.

1993
Singer and bandleader Billy Eckstine dies at 78.

1993
Tenor player Clifford Jordan dies at 61.

1994
New Orleans guitarist and banjo player Danny Barker dies at 85.

1995
Saxophonist Julius Hemphill dies at 57.

2008
Esbjorn Svensson killed in scuba accident.

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