Composer, Trumpeter Billy May Dies at 87

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  1. Liad Bar-EL

    Liad Bar-EL Forte User

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    Composer, Trumpeter Billy May Dies at 87
    Grammy Award-Winning Composer, Trumpeter Billy May Dies of Heart Failure at Age 87

    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES Jan. 24 — Billy May, a Grammy-winning composer and trumpeter who arranged such standards as "Cherokee," "Take the A Train" and "Serenade in Blue" and worked with such stars as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller, died at age 87. May died Thursday of heart failure at his home in San Juan Capistrano, his wife, Doris May, told The Associated Press on Friday.
     
  2. dbacon

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    Gozzo has someone to write for him again.....



    Another giant has left us.
     
  3. Flip Oakes

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    I have had the great fortune to have met Billy May several times at different places in So. Ca. where I have been playing through the years. The last time just a couple of months ago he was with Uan Rasey, for a John Best memorial service. It was at the San Diego Musicians Union Local 325. After I played I sat and talked for a short while with both Billy, and Uan, although not long enough. I had a Jazz Quartet Gig at 4:00pm, so I had to leave early. Billy was a legend, and sadly is missed by all.

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  4. BADBOY-DON

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    BILLY'S GONE--BUT NOT FORGOTTEN!!!

    On the commute in this Tues. A.M. They ran a piece about Billy.
    Phil...Thanks for your story about this gifted trumpet player who was such a celebrated genius of an arranger and writer of music, who played trumpet with the very very best musicians in the industry.

    www.npr.org/
     

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