05/08/13

Pianist Joe Killian Dies at 86

Played with Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, others

Pianist and Hammond organist Joe Killian, who performed with Jimmy Ford, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Shavers, Tino Contreras, Curtis Fuller, Stuff Smith, Clifford Scott, Kansas Fields, and Wilbur Ware, among others, passed away on May 1 in New Braunfels, Tex. He was 86 and the cause was not disclosed.

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Joe Killian

Joseph Killian was born April 10, 1927 in Bridgeport, Conn., and served in the Navy during World War II. He was the father of Stan and Dennis Killian, both of whom are professional musicians.

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  • Aug 05, 2013 at 09:13PM magicdelmar

    Joe worked for me at my hotel in New Braunfels playing the piano evenings in my restaurant, "Abbey's". Joe (Jack) used to tell me he had 10,000 tunes in his head, you just had to hum a couple of notes and he would take over. He was a true gentleman and a gifted artist. Bob Abbey

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