[JPL] Leon Breeden, legendary jazz educator, dies at 88

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Wed Aug 11 22:39:36 EDT 2010


Leon Breeden, legendary jazz educator, dies at 88
© 2010 The Associated Press

Aug. 11, 2010, 7:18PM

DENTON, Texas --- Leon Breeden, legendary director of the University of 
North Texas Jazz Studies program who made UNT's "One O'Clock Lab Band" 
internationally famous, has died.

Longtime friend Richard Cox said Breeden died Wednesday afternoon at St. 
Paul Hospital in Dallas of natural causes.

According to the UNT website, Breeden led the university's jazz program 
and "One O'Clock Lab Band" from 1959 to 1981. Under his direction, the 
band --- which was named for its rehearsal time --- became the first 
college band to perform at the White House by presidential invitation in 
1967. It also began to tour internationally on his watch.

Among his students were future jazz pianist and composer Lyle Mays, 
veteran studio musicians and sidemen "Blue Lou" Marini and Marvin Stamm.

The Guthrie, Okla., native, who grew up in Wichita Falls, Texas, also 
was a clarinetist, saxophonist, composer and arranger in his own right.

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