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Jazz Producer and Historian Frank Driggs Dies at 81

Driggs won Grammy for Robert Johnson collection, owned over 100,000 photos

Jazz producer and Frank Driggs, whose archive of more than 100,000 jazz-related photographs is considered one of the world’s most extensive, died at age 81 on Sept. 20. Driggs was found in his Manhattan home and his death was ruled as due to natural causes.

Driggs became interested in jazz in the 1930s and later joined Marshall Stearns, founder of the Rutgers University-based Institute of Jazz Studies, in documenting jazz history.

As a producer, Driggs is credited with having worked on numerous recordings, among them Columbia Records’ Grammy-winning Robert Johnson: The Complete Recordings.

Driggs book Black Beauty, White Heat culled iconic jazz images from his vast collection.

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