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Norris Turney Dies at 79

Norris Turney, one time reed player and flutist for Duke Ellington, passed away Wednesday, January 17th. Turney, who spent four years with the Ellington Orchestra after sitting in for a sick Johnny Hodges, had been ailing from liver disease and finally succumbed to the disease.

Turney’s career spanned over thirty years, having played with Wynton Marsalis, Billy Eckstine, Frank Foster, Ray Charles, and playing in Broadway orchestras for shows such as “Raisin, and “Ain’t Mishbehavin.”

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