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John Guerin Dies

John Guerin, a producer, composer and drummer whose work can be heard on countless albums in both jazz and pop, died Mon., Jan. 5 of complications from the flu at West Hills Hospital in West Hills, Calif. He was 64.

Born in Hawaii in 1939, Guerin grew up in San Diego. He taught himself how to play drums and at the age of 20 began performing professionally with clarinetist Buddy DeFranco. After about two years with DeFranco Guerin took his talents to Los Angeles. Guerin played in L.A. with pianists George Shearing and Thelonious Monk (he appears on the Columbia album Monk’s Blues). Over the years he would play with Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Ammons, Oscar Peterson, Jimmy Heath, Ray Charles, Sonny Rollins and other jazz masters.

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