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Jazz Pioneer Dies Aged 78

The American tenor saxophonist Edgar E. 'Ed' Summerlin has died in New York at the age of 78. The jazz musician was one of the pioneering figures to combine jazz composition with the liturgy. Born in 1928 Summerlin graduated from Eastman having studied composition with Gunther Schuller (notable for his 'Third Stream') and Hall Overton. His most well known works include 'Requiem for Mary Jo' and 'Jazz Vespers Service'.


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