[JPL] Richard Merrill Sudhalter R.I.P.

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Richard Merrill Sudhalter

December 28th, 1938
Boston, Massachusetts

September 19th, 2008
New York, New York

Sudhalter grew up in Newton, Massachusetts with his father who played the
saxophone and 'clearly defined' the quality of music expected of him at a
young age. At 12 he took up the cornet and by his teens was playing in
Boston nightclubs.

Sudhalter obtained his degree in music and English Lit. at Oberlin College
before relocating to Europe in 1960, where he pursued careers in music and
broadcasting. He joined the United Press International (UPI) as a news
correspondent reporting on the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

In 1974, Sudhalter performed as a sideman for cornettist Bobby Hackett with
his band Commodore on Hackett's only UK tour forming the New Paul Whiteman

Sudhalter's music career continued to flourish in the 80's, winning Grammy
Awards for his annotations as well as producing and playing on many albums
through the 90's and releasing aforementioned books in 1999 and 2001

Sudhalter's biography of Bix Beiderbecke, entitled "Bix: Man and Legend" was
published in 1974 (Sudhalter played Bix Beiderbecke's cornet solos during
his stint with Hackett.) A quarter-century later, his award winning book
"Lost Chords: White Musicians and Their Contribution to Jazz, 1915-1945"
published in 1999, followed two years later by "Stardust Melody: The Life
and Music of Hoagy Carmichael" published in 2001.

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