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Orrin Keepnews dies at 91; Grammy-winning jazz producer, historian
Orrin Keepnews dies at 91; Grammy-winning jazz producer, historian

Orrin Keepnews, a Grammy-winning music producer and writer who recorded and worked closely with such well-known jazz artists as Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Sonny Rollins, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley and Wes Montgomery, died Sunday at his home in El Cerrito, Calif. He was 91. He had been in failing health for some time, his wife Martha said. Although he had no training as a musician, Keepnews founded three important jazz record companies — Riverside, Milestone and Landmark. Active in the recording business well into his 80s, Keepnews had seen massive changes — in the creative aspects of jazz, as well as the technology of recording — over the long arc of his...

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