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Bruce Lundvall dies at 79; jazzman revived Blue Note Records
Bruce Lundvall dies at 79; jazzman revived Blue Note Records

Bruce Lundvall's youthful ambition to become a jazz musician led him first to the trumpet and the piano and then to the saxophone, each proving to be a fruitless quest. In later years, even as he soared as a recording executive, he would describe himself as a “failed saxophone player.” But Lundvall fulfilled more far-reaching ambitions when he reached into the business world of jazz. “I was a big record collector, a bad saxophone player, and all I wanted to do was be in the music business,” he said in an interview with Bucknell Magazine, the periodical of his alma mater. Lundvall, who became a deeply influential and highly visible executive at...

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