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Bob Wilber 1928 – 2019

The multi-reedist, Sidney Bechet protégé, and hot-jazz stalwart has passed away at 91

Bob Wilber
Bob Wilber at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the late 1970s (photo: Rene Speur)

Bob Wilber, a disciple and protégé of Sidney Bechet who served as a bulwark of traditional jazz against the bebop revolution, died August 4 at his home in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, England. He was 91 years old.

His death was confirmed to WBGO by his wife, the singer Joanne “Pug” Horton. The cause of death was not disclosed.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.