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French Jazz Musician Claude Luter Dies

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PARIS - Claude Luter, a horn player who hobnobbed with Louis Armstrong and was one of France's most celebrated jazz musicians, has died, his son said Tuesday. He was 83.

Best known for boosting the trans-Atlantic transferal of New Orleans-style jazz to Paris, Luter suffered complications after a fall and died Friday at a hospital outside Paris said his son, Eric.

A trumpeter who later took up the clarinet and saxophone, Luter met Louis Armstrong at the Nice Jazz Festival in 1948. The following year, he began accompanying Sidney Bechet, like Armstrong one of the fathers of New Orleans jazz.

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