2/17/1923 - 12/24/2014
2014 Memorials: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Buddy DeFranco
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco, who led the way on his instrument in the transition between the swing and bebop eras, has died at the age of 91, his family said Friday.
DeFranco's family told The Associated Press that the famed musician died Wednesday evening at a Panama City hospital. His wife, Joyce, said he had been in declining health in recent years. The couple lived in Panama City.
DeFranco, who began his professional career as a teenager in...