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Tuba Player Bill Barber Dies at 87

Bill Barber, a tuba player credited with elevating the instrument’s role within jazz, died June 18 of congestive heart failure at his Bronxville, New York home. He was 87.

While the tuba was a standard component of early 20th century jazz, its position as a prominent supplier of the lower end had diminished with the proliferation of the standup bass.

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