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Roswell Rudd Dies at 82

Trombonist and composer bridged gap between early jazz and the avant-garde

Roswell Rudd
Roswell Rudd

Roswell Rudd, a onetime Dixieland trombonist who became arguably the instrument’s first major practitioner in the avant-garde jazz movement, died Dec. 21 after a protracted battle with cancer. He was 82 years old.

His death was confirmed by his publicist, Antje Huebner, and by his record label, RareNoise Records.

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