[JPL] Passing of Tony Pringle
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Followers of traditional jazz are mourning the loss of Tony Pringle, co-founder, cornetist, and sometime vocalist with the New Black Eagle Jazz Band. I last saw them last summer at the Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend in Lee, Mass., and he mentioned some troubling tests that he was undergoing. He had heart surgery a couple of weeks ago, and passed yesterday afternoon, according to a longtime fan and friend.
 
Tony was a walking encyclopedia of trumpet lore and music, a source of dry, self-effacing wit. The band has released scores of outstanding LPs and CDs as well as videos. Charismatic and enthusiastic to the end, was Tony Pringle.
 
At its height, the Grammy-nominated band was the best in the game. The N.Y. Times' John S. Wilson once wrote, "So far ahead of other traditional bands...there is scarcely any basis for comparison."
 
R.I.P, Tony.Pringle
 
Ed Bride
 
From:'Edward Bride' via Jazz Programmers List <jazzproglist@jazzweek.com>


 
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