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Dave Samuels 1948-2019

The Spyro Gyra and Caribbean Jazz Project vibraphonist passed away April 22

Dave Samuels at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010
Dave Samuels at Litchfield Jazz Festival 2010 (photo: Nathan Turner)

Dave Samuels, a Grammy-award winning vibraphonist best known for his work over three decades with the crossover jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra, passed away April 22 in New York City after a long illness. He was 70 years old.

His death was announced by the band on its official Facebook page, and confirmed by his daughter, Sarah Samuels. The exact cause of death has not been disclosed.

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