Classical and Jazz Bassist Jack Lesberg Dies at 85

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Jack Lesberg, a bassist who played with Louis Armstrong and other leading jazz musicians, died on September 17, the New York Times reports. He was 85, and had suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Born in Boston, Lesberg played violin and bass in clubs there; in 1942, according to the Times, he survived the fire that killed 492 people at the Cocoanut Grove nightclub.

After moving to New York, Lesberg played with Leonard Bernstein's New York City Symphony Orchestra and with such jazz musicians as Coleman Hawkins, Benny Goodman, Earl Hines, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, and Armstrong, with whom he played regularly starting in the late 1940s..

In the early 1970s, Lesberg played with the Sydney Symphony. After returning to the United States he recorded under his own name and toured with an Armstrong tribute group.

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