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Renowned Jazz Festival Production Manager Leo Gambacorta Passes Away

Veteran production manager-and occasional road manager for Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Santana, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, and Flora Purim and Airto-died on Nov. 6 at the age of 53.

Born in Newark, N.J. on Aug. 1, 1953, Gambacorta attended Wilkes College in PA and went to graduate school at Brooklyn College. He taught at John Jay College, where he met Gus Fleming, who introduced him to the world of stage production; Leo especially loved theater lighting design. He was the production manager at the Joyce Theater for two years before becoming a freelance production manager.

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