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Sir John Dankworth, British jazz musician, dies

Dankworth Sir John Dankworth, the British jazz composer, saxophonist and band leader, has died. He was 82.

Dankworth died Saturday in a London hospital after a long illness.

Dame Cleo Laine, the jazz singer who married Dankworth in 1958 after they met when she auditioned for a spot in his band, announced her husband's death before the finale of an anniversary concert at the Stables, the theater they founded together.

The Times will have a more complete obituary later at

-- Associated Press

Photo: Sir John Dankworth at Buckingham Palace in 2006 after being knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Credit: Associated Press

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