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Trumpeter Tomasz Stańko Dies at 76

Lung cancer strikes down a fixture of the European and American avant garde

Tomasz Stańko
Tomasz Stańko (photo: Roberto Masotti/courtesy of ECM)

Tomasz Stańko, a Polish jazz trumpeter whose plangent (if sometimes chapped) sound and knobbly lyricism made him a leading light in both the Polish and larger European avant garde, died Sunday, July 29, at a hospital in Warsaw, Poland, of lung cancer complicated by pneumonia. He was less than three weeks past his 76th birthday.

His death was confirmed by multiple outlets, including Reuters and the Associated Press, as well as by his longtime record label, ECM Records.

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