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Trumpeter Conte Candoli Dies at 74

Conte Candoli, a trumpet player and longtime member of the Tonight Show Band, died in Palm Desert, Calif. on Fri., Dec. 14 of cancer. He was 74.

Candoli was born in Mishawaka, Ind. on July 27, 1927. At the behest of his father, a factory worker and amateur musician, Candoli (and his older brother Pete) took up the trumpet. By 16, Candoli was spending his summer vacations playing in Woody Herman’s orchestra.

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