[JPL] Claude Luter, 83, French Jazz Artist, Dies

r durfee rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
Tue Oct 10 14:35:22 EDT 2006

October 10, 2006
Claude Luter, 83, French Jazz Artist, Dies 

PARIS, Oct. 9 (Agence France-Presse) — The clarinetist
and bandleader Claude Luter, who was one of the stars
of the postwar Paris jazz scene and accompanied Sidney
Bechet and Louis Armstrong, died here on Friday. He
was 83.

His death was announced by his family.

The son of a musician, Mr. Luter discovered New
Orleans jazz in his teens and began performing in
Paris during the German occupation in World War II.

After the liberation he and his band became a fixture
at the Lorientais, the first of the great Latin
Quarter jazz clubs that were the center of France’s
burgeoning musical and intellectual revival.

He met Armstrong at the Nice Jazz Festival in 1948,
and the next year began a working relationship with
Bechet that lasted until Bechet’s death 10 years

Regarded as one of France’s best exponents of
traditional jazz, Mr. Luter was eclipsed by the
emergence of a new generation playing bebop and free
jazz, but he continued performing until very recently.

Roy Durfee
P.O. Box 40219
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196-0219
rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com

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