[Dixielandjazz] Jack Lesberg R.I.P.

Jerry Gordon jerrygordon at juno.com
Thu Oct 6 13:27:08 PDT 2005

I didn't see any other mention of this on the List.

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From: coakley at dailygazette.com
Date: Thu, 06 Oct 2005 07:45:16 -400
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(By The Associated Press'
Jack Lesberg
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. (AP) _ Bassist Jack Lesberg, who played with
many of the jazz greats of the 1940s and '50s and had a
distinguished career in symphonic orchestras, has died. He was 85.
Lesberg died of complications from Alzheimer's disease on Sept.
17, his daughter, Valerie Kaplan, told The New York Times.
A Boston native, Lesberg played violin in area clubs before
switching to double bass in the late 1930s. He was a survivor of
the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire, in which 492 people died in
Moving to New York City in 1943, Lesberg soon attracted
attention. Jazz legends he played with included guitarist Eddie
Condon, tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, clarinetist Benny
Goodman, pianist Earl "Fatha" Hines, and vocalists Billie Holiday
and Sarah Vaughan.
Lesberg played with Louis Armstrong starting in the late 1940s
and toured with the Armstrong All Stars in the mid-1950s.
His career also included work with some of the world's top
orchestras. Lesberg performed with the New York City Symphony
Orchestra from 1945 to 1948, mostly under Leonard Bernstein's
Lesberg was with the Sydney Symphony in Australia during the
early 1970s. 
His last noteworthy performance was in March 2003 at Mat
Domber's March of Jazz in Clearwater, Fla. 

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