But he is perhaps best known for his association with Burns, the legendary entertainer who died in 1996 at 100.
Morton Philip Jacobs was born Dec. 17, 1917, in New York, the youngest of three children. His musical abilities were recognized early, his son said, and he was about 6 when started performing as a pianist.
As a teenager he spent about two years in the merchant marine and later served in the Army during World War II.
Jacobs also was a composer, arranger and a longtime activist in the Professional Musicians Local 47 in Los Angeles.
Youngest sherpa on Hillary's Everest climb
Sherpa mountaineer Nawang Gombu, 79, the youngest of Sir Edmund Hillary's climbing team that first scaled Mount Everest in 1953 and the first person to scale Everest twice, died Sunday at his home at the foot of the Himalayas after a brief illness, his son Kursung Phinjo Gombu told the Associated Press.
Gombu joined his uncle Tenzing Norgay and Hillary on the famous 1953 expedition, but he did not reach the top of the world's highest mountain until 10 years later when he guided the first American expedition led by mountaineer Jim Whittaker to the summit.
Gombu achieved fame two years later as the first to scale Everest twice, guiding an Indian team to the top.
Gombu was born in Tibet and migrated with his family to neighboring Nepal before finally settling in Darjeeling. He began working as a Mountaineering Institute instructor when the adventure school was set up in 1954 and later served as director of field training when his uncle retired.
—Times staff and wire reports