Very, very sad news today, as Dallas has lost one of its greatest jazzers and finest people: Marchel Ivery. His wife confirms he died this morning at Presbyterian Hospital, just one day after checking in. He'd had a fever for two days and was diagnosed with pneumonia; he died around 11 this morning. His friends and family describe his death as nothing less than a "shock," as Ivery was in good health only a few days ago. He turned 69 on September 13.
"It's a tremendous loss," says Mark Elliott, who released three of Ivery's albums on his defunct Leaning House label. "Not only was he a great musician but he was a great person too. I'm gonna miss him." Elliott says he saw Ivery only a few weeks back, when the Texas tenor led an after-hours jam session with Wynton Marsalis, following Marsalis' September 19 performance at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
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