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Claude “Fiddler” Williams Dies

Claude “Fiddler” Williams, a jazz violinist and guitarist who throughout his eight-decade career helped solidify the role of the violin in jazz, died April 25 of pneumonia at the Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo. He was 96.

Born in 1908 in Muskogee, Okla., Claude Williams was a musician by the age of 10 and, while performing with his brother in string bands, demonstrated proficiency on a number of instruments, including guitar, mandolin, mango and cello.

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