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Mose Allison Dies at 89

Singer, pianist and songwriter deftly combined jazz and blues

2013 NEA Jazz Masters awardees Eddie Palmieri, Mose Allison and lou Donaldson

Mose Allison, the Mississippi-born singer and pianist whose effortless blend of jazz and blues and smart, prolific work as a songwriter influenced the blues-based rockers of the 1960s and ’70s, died on the morning of Nov. 15, of natural causes, at his home on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

Allison, an NEA Jazz Master, was 89, and had celebrated his birthday on Nov. 11. His death was confirmed for JazzTimes by his music attorney.

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