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Ed Shaughnessy: One More Thing to Get Right

Drummer Ed Shaughnessy celebrated his 80th birthday early in 2009 by having knee-replacement surgery. “And now,” he says, “I tell everyone I have a Tony Williams hi-hat … ch-ch-ch-ch-ch.”

The drum great is upbeat, outgoing, quick with a story, and comfortable in every imaginable musical setting, but his performance schedule has been diminished lately by the need to care for his wife of 46 years, Jacquelyn, who has Alzheimer’s.

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