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Pianist Ross Tompkins Dies at 68

Ross Tompkins, 68, the jazz pianist best known for his regular gig as part of the Tonight Show band, died of lung cancer June 29 in St. Augustine, Fla.

Although Tompkins was most popular as a member of Doc Severinsen’s ensemble on the Tonight Show for over 20 years, the pianist was also noted for stints in the 1960s with Eric Dolphy, Benny Goodman and Wes Montgomery and recordings like Scrimshaw and Live at Concord (1977).

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