Pianist John Bunch (1921-2010)

John Bunch, a top-shelf swing and bebop pianist who played in name big bands (Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich) before switching to small groups, including a six-year stint with Tony Bennett, passed away Tuesday in New York.

Bunch most recently played in a trio with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and bassist Jay Leonhart. He was 88. See critic Nate Chinen‘s remembrance here.

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