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Wayne Andre Dies

Veteran jazz trombonist Wayne Andre passed away from cancer on August 26 in his New York City home. He was 71.

Born in 1931, Andre started playing trombone in his early teens. His professional career began in the early ’50s when he started performing with bandleader Charlie Spivak. After he got out of the service he joined up with Woody Herman’s big band, and since then the Manhattan School of Music graduate has appeared on the records of literally hundreds of different artists from all genres. His eclectic assortment of credits include everyone from Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan, Ricky Martin, Gloria Gaynor, Donny Hathaway, Alice Cooper and Liza Minelli to Sarah Vaughan, Kai Winding, Lena Horne, Wes Montgomery, Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Grover Washington Jr., George Benson, Manny Albam, Roy Ayers and Benny Goodman.

The N.Y. Brass Conference honored Andre for his lifelong dedication to music, including contributing to several music-education programs. The Andre family wants that legacy to continue and requests donations to VH1 Save the Music in honor of the trombonist’s great love and support for young musicians. For more information on VH1’s Save the Music program visit

Andre is survived by wife Lourdes, his sons Matthew and Keith, daughter-in-law Cynthia, a granddaughter Emily, sisters Claire and Gail and brother-in-law Kenneth.

A musical tribute to Andre is being planned coincide with his birthday in November.

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