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Drummer Ralph Penland Dies at 61

Prolific session man worked primarily in L.A.

Ralph Penland

Drummer Ralph Penland died on March 13 at age 61, due to complications from a stroke. The place of death was not reported.

Originally from Cincinnati, Penland, who worked primarily in the L.A. area, played with Herbie Hancock, Carlos Santana, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Freddie Hubbard, Hubert Laws, George Benson, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Toots Thielemans, Alice and Ravi Coltrane, Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Dianne Reeves, Harry Connick Jr., George Duke, Stanley Clarke, Geri Allen, Chaka Khan, the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Stan Getz and Wallace Roney, among others. He also led his own band, the Penland Polygon.

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