American jazz pianist and occasional singer Joe Turner, a longtime resident of France and in the 1960s a fixture at Paris’ La Calvados club, died Saturday in Paris.
Reuters news agency said he was 82 but did not disclose a cause of death.
Turner, who in his career accompanied such jazz stars as Louis Armstrong and Benny Carter, was born in Baltimore but moved to Europe after World War II where he had toured earlier with singer Adelaide Hall.
In 1976, Turner, sometimes confused with blues singer Joseph (Big Joe) Turner, returned to the United States and played at the Cookery in New York City, where his stride piano style was acclaimed anew.
He recorded with his own trio in the late 1970s.