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Saxophonist Gil Bernal Dies at 80

L.A. musician played jazz, rock, R&B

Gil Bernal

Tenor saxophonist Gil Bernal has died, according to an obituary published in the L.A. Weekly blog. According to an obituary written by Jonny Whiteside, Bernal passed away July 17 of congestive heart failure. He was 80.

According to the bio on Bernal’s website, which confirms his death, Bernal was born in Los Angeles and became interested in jazz at a young age. He began playing tenor sax at parties and was eventually hired by Lionel Hampton. After performing with his own group for a while he worked with Spike Jones and then worked L.A. and Las Vegas with his own group.

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