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Bassist Dennis Irwin Dead at 56

Dennis Irwin, whose bass playing graced more than 500 recordings, died March 10 in New York City after a battle with cancer. He was 56.

Irwin, during his final weeks, received an outpouring of support from fellow musicians, who organized benefit concerts to assist in paying for his medical care. Irwin did not have health insurance. A benefit concert held last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center instead became a tribute, with Tony Bennett, Mose Allison, John Scofield, Joe Lovano and many others scheduled to take part. Scofield and Lovano were among the leaders in whose bands Irwin played.

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