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Prestige Founder Bob Weinstock Dies

Bob Weinstock, founder of Prestige Records, died Saturday in Boca Raton, Fla. of complications from diabetes. He was 77.

Weinstock was a lifelong jazz fan. As a teenager, he managed a small record shop, which was frequented by many New York jazz players. In 1949, Weinstock used a family loan to rent rehearsal space in his native New York City. He recruited young jazz musicians to record for him. Barely 20 years old, Weinstock founded New Jazz Records with a recording session with pianist Lennie Tristano. The label quickly turned into Prestige Records.

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