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Arnvid Meyer, Danish Trumpeter, Jazz Advocate and Author, Dies at 80

Arnvid Meyer, a Danish jazz trumpet player, bandleader and author of music books, died on Aug. 28. He was 80; the cause of death was not announced.

Meyer’s career began in Denmark in the late 1940s. He led his own Copenhagen-based sextet from 1959 to 1973, and at various times invited such top American jazz musicians as Benny Carter, Bill Coleman, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins and Ben Webster to sit in with him. During those years, when many American jazz musicians relocated to Copenhagen, Meyer was a prominent advocate for the music, and is often credited with transforming the city into a European jazz capital.

Meyer, known for his long gray beard and red suspenders, was active in organizing the Danish Jazz Federation and also authored a number of books on musicians. In 1989, Meyer created the International Jazzpar Prize which, until 1994, awarded the equivalent of a $36,750 award to prominent jazz artists.

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