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Guitarist Bill DeArango Dies

Guitarist Bill DeArango died Dec. 26 at the A.M. McGregor Nursing Home in East Cleveland at age 85. He had suffered dementia for about eight years and had been in the nursing home since 1999.

DeArango was one of the last links to the bebop era of the 1940s and ’50s, having been a regular player in Ben Webster’s group and recorded with Sarah Vaughan, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

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