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date: 19 August 2019

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(b Rankin, nr Pittsburgh, Nov 12, 1922; d Berlin, 6 or June 7, 1990). American trombonist. He played piano in high school in Birmingham, Alabama, studied at Roosevelt University in Chicago, and formed his own group while serving in the army; during this period he was transferred to Europe, where he was a member of the 7th Army Symphony Orchestra (1955–6). Thereafter he worked with Charlie Ventura (1956), toured Europe and North Africa and recorded with Lionel Hampton (1958–9), and joined Cat Anderson’s group (1960). After playing with Duke Ellington for eight months in 1961 he settled in Los Angeles, where he undertook work in film studios and accompanied many singers. From October 1970 Blackburn lived in Europe, first in Berlin and then in Switzerland. He played with big bands and led his own groups, one of which, Mombasa (formed in ...

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