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The pianist, composer Cedar Walton has been known to jazz audiences for over five decades, and is likely to be remembered as an exemplar for fellow musicians, rather than a populist hero. But his association with the group of Art Blakey, and a briefer one with John Coltrane, gave him the necessary background for a successful career as a bandleader in his own right.

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Letter: The real Ella

The death of Ella Fitzgerald has come as a great loss to the world ("The sunny side of the street", Review, 23 June). Ella had both talent and a loving, giving heart.

The sunny side of the street

JAZZ: She was the First Lady of Song - but, more than that, she brought happiness to millions. Robert Cushman pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, who died last week

Obituary : Ella Fitzgerald

"Man, woman and child," said Bing Crosby, "Ella Fitzgerald is the greatest."

Jazz legend Ella Fitzgerald dies aged 78

LOS ANGELES (Reuter) - The jazz singing legend Ella Fitzgerald died yesterday at her Beverly Hills home. She was 78. A spokeswoman said she died peacefully, surrounded by family and friends. Fitzgerald had been in poor health in recent years, and in 1993 diabetes led to the amputation of both her legs below the knee.

Letter: No song like an old song

JOHN Gibbs alleges that it was some sort of embargo on rock 'n' roll and events like the death of Buddy Holly which allowed "the likes of Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson" into the Top 20 (Letters, 26 November). Perhaps somebody who knew the era should set the record straight.

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Norman Christopher Pyne, trombonist: born Bridlington 14 February 1939; married (two daughters); died London 12 April 1995.

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LIVES OF THE GREAT SONGS / Ev'ry which way but loose: Ev'ry time we say goodbye: In the latest excerpt from our history of the hits, Giles Smith presents a guided tour of an urbane wasteland

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Obituary: Joe Pass

Joseph Anthony Passalaqua (Joe Pass), guitarist: born New Jersey 13 January 1929; married (one son, one daughter); died Los Angeles 23 May 1994.
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