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OBITUARY: Barry Harris (1929-2021)

Barry Harris, a jazz pianist and beloved educator whose leadership and sideman recordings celebrated bebop—the 1940s modernist movement that established a roadmap for improvised jazz—died on December 8. He was 91. Though Harris was too young to have participated in bop’s birth or initial  popularity in the years immediately after World War II, the Detroit-based pianist caught the tail end of the first wave…


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