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Graeme Bell, jazz legend passes away

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Graeme BellAustralian jazz legend Graeme Bell has died in a Sydney hospital aged 97.

The pianist, composer and bandleader, known as the father of Australian jazz, died in the Prince of Wales hospital yesterday following a stroke.

The pianist, composer and bandleader, known as the father of Australian jazz, died in the Prince of Wales hospital yesterday following a stroke.

Bell, who was born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond in 1914, and began playing in bands in 1935, gained fame as a Dixieland and classical jazz pianist, composer and band leader.

He played music well into his 90s, producing more than 1,500 recordings and performing thousands of gigs in Australia and beyond.

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