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Jazz Trumpeter Herb Pomeroy Dies After Battle with Cancer

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BOSTON --Jazz trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, who played with Charlie Parker, backed up Frank Sinatra, and influenced generations of musicians in four decades as a teacher at Berklee College of Music and MIT, has died.

Pomeroy died at his Gloucester home on Saturday after a long struggle with cancer, his daughter said. He was 77.

Pomeroy played at times with Parker, Charlie Mariano, Stan Kenton, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and others. In addition to Sinatra, he backed Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn.

“Herb was renowned as one of Boston's most famous musicians, not just for who he played with, but for his own bands. He was highly regarded by everyone," said Ken Pullig, the chairman of Berklee's Jazz composition department and one of Pomeroy's former students.

Pomeroy was also a “magnet" that helped draw students, Pullig said.

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