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Pianist Jack Wilson Dies at 71

Jack Wilson, a jazz pianist who recorded as a leader for such labels as Atlantic, Blue Note and Discovery, died Oct. 5 of natural causes. During his lengthy career Wilson also worked with such artists as Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Sammy Davis Jr., Herbie Mann, and Jimmy Cobb.

Wilson was born in Chicago on Aug. 3, 1936, moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana, at age 7. He studied piano at the Fort Wayne College of Music and began performing locally as a leader of small combos, becoming, at 15, the youngest member ever to join the Fort Wayne Musicians Union. After spending a year in Columbus, Ohio, Wilson moved to Atlantic City, leading the house band at the Cotton Club. It was there that he was discovered by Dinah Washington, with whom Wilson worked in 1957-58. But he soon returned to Chicago, where he played with Gene

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