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Edwin Swanston Dies

Edwin Swanston, a pianist who played in the Louis Armstrong Big Band in the 1940s and later in life worked as a vocal coach, died June 13 in New York City. No cause of death was specified. He was 80.

Swanston was born in New York City in 1922 and began studying music at six. Before he was 16 Swanston had learned how to maneuver on piano, organ, pipe organ, violin, viola and bass. When Swanston was 19 he began playing in a band from which Louis Armstrong plucked six members, including Swanston, to fill out his big band.

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