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Bill Berry Dies at 72

Bill Berry, a trumpeter who played in Duke Ellington’s band in the early ’60s and for several years served as musical director of the Monterey Jazz Festival, died Nov. 13 in Los Angeles of lung cancer. He was 72.

Born in Benton Harbor, Mich. to a musical family, Berry spent his early years trekking across the country with his parents as they toured to make a living. He had piano skills by the time he was 5 and later chose to focus on the trumpet.

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