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Linton Garner Dies

Pianist and arranger Linton Garner, the older brother of pianist Erroll Garner, died March 6 of heart failure in Vancouver, B.C. He was 87.

Born in 1915 in Greensboro, N.C., Linton grew up in Pittsburgh and was the oldest of four Garner children, brother Erroll and sisters Martha, Ruth and Berniece. Linton began playing piano at 8 and took up cornet two years later. He later switched from cornet to trumpet and played in local bands, which included Billy Eckstine and Art Blakey, until a tooth injury forced him to quit the horn and focus solely on piano.

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