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Stan Tracey, Veteran British Pianist, Dies at 86

A 70-year career highlighted by a Dylan Thomas tribute album

Stan Tracey

Stan Tracey, a British pianist and composer whose career spanned 70 years, died Dec. 6, according to his Facebook page. The cause of death was cancer; the place of death was not announced. Tracey was 86.

Best known for his 1965 album Jazz Suite Inspired by Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood”, Tracey was born on December 30, 1926, in Denmark Hill, South London. He began playing piano professionally in his teens and joined various groups in England. He toured the United States with Ronnie Scott and also with the Ted Heath Orchestra, supporting singer Carmen McRae. He later became the house pianist at Scott’s London jazz club.

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