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Jackie Paris Dies

Jackie Paris, a singer and guitarist who played with Charlie Parker, Lionel Hampton, Charles Mingus and others, died June 17 in Manhattan of complications of bone cancer. He was 76.

Born in 1927 in Nutley, N.J., Paris began working in vaudeville song and dance routines as a child. He played guitar professionally with Nick Jerret’s band in New York City while still in his teens. After serving in the Army at the end of World War II, Paris returned to the Apple and began performing as singer with bands on 52nd Street. During this time he met bop innovator and saxophonist Charlie Parker, who brought Paris out on tour in 1948.

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