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Trumpeter Chris Griffin Dies

Trumpter Chris Griffin, who earned the nickname “Steel Lips” for his powerful and impressive playing, died June 18 at Danbury Hospital in Danbury, Conn. at age 89. The cause was melanoma, according to his fiancée, fellow trumpeter Louise Baranger.

Griffin, along with fellow horn players Harry James and Ziggy Elman, was best known for his work in Benny Goodman’s Big Band. Dizzy Gillespie deemed the trio to be “the greatest trumpet section of all time.”

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