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Jack LeCompte


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Jack LeCompte Obituary
June 10, 1952 - September 16, 2018 The LA musical community has lost a drumming virtuoso and true gentleman. Veteran drummer/percussionist Jack LeCompte passed away in North Hollywood peacefully after a 3-year brave battle with cancer. Jack performed with artists such as Anita O'Day, Bette Midler, Art Garfunkel, Stevie Wonder, Mel Torme, Madonna, John Tesh, Liza Minnelli and more. He can be seen in the films "For The Boys," "Lush Life," and "Bird, The Charlie Parker Story." Jack was extremely talented, skilled and truly cared about supporting music and musicians. He was a beloved figure at The Professional Drum Shop in Hollywood and at AFM Local 47 headquarters. He was also devoted to inspiring and passing on music to the younger generation, teaching music in a number of after school programs. Born in Philadelphia, it was obvious early on that he had something special. Jack carried a pair of drumsticks with him through Father Judge High School, Coombs College of Music and the Philadelphia School of the Arts. Jack played with many artists in the Philly jazz community. In 1979, he followed his dream to Hollywood. Jack was a consummate working professional but remained an eternal student. He studied extensively with legendary instructors Carl Mottola and Murray Spivack. In 2016, Jack received the "Living Jazz Legend" award in Los Angeles signed by State Senator (Ca) Holly Mitchell from The Living Legend Foundation and the Duke Ellington Society. Due to the complex trajectory of Jack's condition, many were able to visit him to share love with this generous man who was "one of the good guys." A familiar theme emerged as they told their "Jack" stories: "Jack helped me when I first got to LA" "He got me a gig when I really needed it" "Jack showed me Cuban rhythms" "He loaned me cymbals for a session." Jack gave, onstage and off. No one knew his selfless nature more than his wife and partner of 17 years, Donna. They met while he was playing at a club in Burbank, fell madly in love and the rest is history. She believed Jack made his own luck in this world. The couple affirmed their life together, with Donna's daughter Tara, and it was a blessed one. Jack inspired others by just "being Jack." That's the greatest accolade we can bestow on anyone because true inspiration compels others to aspire higher for themselves onstage and in life. Rest in peace, dear friend. Memorial service at Saint Mark's Church in Glendale on September 29 at 10am. Donations in Jack's memory can be made to the City of Hope in Duarte, California.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2018
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