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Bandleader, Arranger and Pianist Bob Florence Dies at 75

Bob Florence, a bandleader, pianist and composer, died May 15th at his home in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The cause was pneumonia. Florence was 75.

Florence, who led the big band Limited Edition in the Los Angeles area, won both a Grammy and two Emmys during his career, which spanned some five decades. His early affiliations included work with Harry James, Louis Bellson and Sy Zentner. Florence arranged Zentner’s hit “Up a Lazy River,” which won a Grammy for Zentner. Florence himself won the award in 1999 in the category of Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance, for his album Serendipity 18.

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