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Tom Garvin dies at 67; versatile jazz pianist, composer
Tom Garvin dies at 67; versatile jazz pianist, composer

Tom Garvin, a jazz pianist and composer-arranger who was best known as an exceptional accompanist, died July 31 at an assisted living facility in Encino. He was 67. The cause was cancer, which diagnosed three years ago, said Tom Mitchell, a close friend. A fixture on the Los Angeles jazz scene, Garvin was "one of our town's better jazz pianists," The Times said in 1990. His specialty was accompaniment, and he did it "with a flair not often engendered by other pianists," John Gilbert wrote in 2003 in the online magazine jazzreview.com. Photos: Notable deaths of 2011: Music The many artists Garvin performed with include noted jazz vocalists Carmen McRae, Peggy...

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