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Two Montreal Jazzmen Die

The Montreal area lost two of its jazz musicians at Christmastime last year. Mark Wilkinson, who was one of the first bebop drummers in Montreal, died Dec. 25 at 81. Vic Angelillo, a bassist who kept a low profile and recorded mainly as a sideman for musicians on the Justin Time label, died Dec. 27 and was in his late 50s.

If Wilkinson, who went by “Wilkie,” wasn’t the first bebop bassist in Montreal, he was certainly on the city’s first bebop recording, “All The Things You Are” backed with “Wilk’s Bop,” a 1949 session featuring the rather large group of pianist Steep Wade, bassist Bob Rudd, violinist Willy Girard, trumpeter Allan Wellman, trombone Butch Watanabe, and saxophonists Herb Johnson and Freddie Nichols. Wilkinson also played on four tunes in an Oscar Peterson session in April of 1947, which can be heard on This Is Oscar Peterson at the Piano (Bluebird). He was cremated the day he died.

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