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Ira Gitler 1928-2019

The prolific jazz writer coined the term "sheets of sound"

Ira Gitler at home (photo by Jacques Lowe)

Ira Gitler, one of the most important voices in post-World War II jazz journalism and criticism and a historian who co-authored The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz, died Feb. 23 at an assisted living facility in New York. He was 90 years old.

His death was confirmed by his son, Fitz Gitler, to radio station WBGO in Newark, New Jersey.

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