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Jazz Writer, Musician Mike Zwerin Dies in Paris

Mike Zwerin by Luciana Maia

Mike Zwerin, a jazz trombonist who became one of the world’s most famous jazz critics, died on April 2 in Paris, after a long illness. Zwerin was 79.

In a piece written for a web site celebrating the sidemen of Miles Davis, Zwerin reflected on a lifetime dedicated to music. “I am in love with music. I cannot see straight for the love of her. But if music is, as Duke Ellington put it, my mistress, then we have had a stormy relationship. I have cheated on her, lied to, neglected and beat her. On the other hand, she is too demanding. When she nagged I left her and when I neglected her she left me. I spent my time under too many hats, between too many stools. It has been a stormy affair.”

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