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Jutta Hipp Dies

Jutta Hipp, a pianist who left her musical career early and became a dressmaker, died April 7 of unknown causes at her home in Queens, N.Y. She was 78.

Born in East Germany in 1925, Hipp studied piano from an early age. Later she took up painting and attended the Leipzig Academy of Graphic Arts. When the Russians occupied Leipzig in 1946 she left school and moved to Munich, in West Germany. There she began her own jazz combo and played in a circus and in nightclubs. Her sophisticated and cerebral approach on the piano was likened to Lennie Tristano’s at the time, and Horace Silver’s name has come up in conversations about her style as well.

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