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Jazz Legend Klein Dies

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Jazz Legend Klein Dies

Published on December 14, 2006 with No Comments

Austrian-born jazz trumpeter Oscar Klein died Tuesday in Germany. He was 76.

Klein and his family fled their homeland when Nazi Germany annexed Austria and settled in Switzerland.

Klein, who was self-taught and made over 200 recordings, became a fixture on the jazz club scene in Vienna in the 1950s and went on to play and record with greats including Lionel Hampton, Bill Coleman and Dexter Gordon.

Late Austrian President Thomas Klestil presented Klein with the nation’s silver Medal of Honour, one of Austria’s highest decorations, in 1996.

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