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Clarinetist Jimmy Giuffre

Giuffre describes his life in jazz, which began when he joined Woody Herman's big band in the late 1940s, for which he wrote the acclaimed "Four Brothers" (1947). In the 1950s, Giuffre was at the epicenter of the West Coast jazz movement, leading Claude Debussy-inspired drummerless trios. In the early 1960s and '70s, Giuffre experimented with improvisational jazz and began long tenures at the Lenox School of Jazz in western Massachusetts and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Giuffre died on April 24, 2008, after suffering from pneumonia and complications from Parkinson's Disease.

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