Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Trumpeter Benny Bailey Dies at 79


(05-03) 08:41 PDT AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) --

Trumpeter Benny Bailey, who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton before he became a fixture on the European jazz scene, has died in his home in Amsterdam, friends said Tuesday. He was 79.

Bailey, who lived alone, died April 14 of unknown causes, but the death was announced only on Friday by city officials. U.S. authorities located and notified his family Saturday in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, and in Europe, said Rene van Beeck, a Dutch jazz impresario.

Read the complete obit (SF Chronicle)...

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