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Guitarist, Teacher Billy Bauer Dies

Billy Bauer, one of the first modern jazz guitarists, died Friday in Melville, N.Y. at age 89. The cause of death was complications of pneumonia, according to his daughter, Pamela.

Bauer was known for his work with Woody Herman’s big band and later for his performances and recordings with Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Lee Konitz. He is most remembered, however, for his partnerships with avant-garde pianist Lennie Tristano. He first joined Tristano’s group in 1946 and quickly transformed his playing from that of rhythm guitar to that of a soloist.

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