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Adolphus Riley Dies at 77

Adolphus “Snooks” Riley, a Washington D.C.-based trombonist, died at his home in Washington on May 3 of hypertension complications. He was 77.

Riley attended high school in Washington with Buck Hill, Charlie Rose, Bill Hughes and Jimmy Cobb, and started playing regularly in the D.C. area in the 1950s. He toured with Sonny Til and the Oreoles and spent almost a year on the road backing up blues singer Ruth Brown. In 2000 he performed with the Nap Turner Blues Band at the millennium celebration on the Capital Mall.

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