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Jazz is a truly American artform whose appeal has proven to be universal since its humble beginnings in the early 20th century. The death of a jazz great can create a collective sense of loss and nostalgia, the feeling that an era has passed. This memorial site was created to honor and remember musicians, singers, composers and others who contributed to this vibrant form of expression that's still evolving today.
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Jazz Legacies: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Robert Shanahan

Dr. Robert E. Shanahan Dr. Robert E. Shanahan, 86, of Sylvania, OH, died peacefully Christmas day 2017. "Doc" was best known as a surgeon and Dixieland Jazz musician. He was born February 21, 1931 in Charlevoix, MI, to parents Edward and Phila. Due to his father's naval career, young Robert lived many places across the US, but attended high school in Charlevoix when his father was assigned to the Pacific Fleet during WWII. After graduating high school in 1948, Robert worked his way...
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