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Walter Fuller Dies

Walter Fuller, a jazz trumpeter of the swing school who worked in Earl Hines’ band in the 1930s, died April 20 in San Diego. He was 93.

Born in Dyersburg, Tenn., Fuller began playing mellophone at an early age. Under the spell of Louis Armstrong recordings, Fuller switched to trumpet and began playing professionally—in a medicine show—at 14. After moving to Chicago in 1925 and playing with pianist Sammy Stewart, Fuller joined Hines’ band. He was with Hines on and off throughout the ’30s, helping to define the group’s sound and even singing on its 1933 hit “Rosetta.”

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