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Jazz Organist Trudy Pitts

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By Victor L. Schermer

Trudy Pitts Carney, 78, a Philadelphia-born jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist who played with many jazz greats over a career that spanned more than four decades, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, Dec. 19, at Chestnut Hill Hospital.

Simply put, Trudy Pitts was one of the greatest jazz organists of all time. She was also a loving and lovable person who brought infectious warmth and affection wherever and whenever she performed.

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