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Earl Anderza - What ever happend to him?

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I've got the Earl Anderza Pacific Jazz reissue and I enjoy it. The Amazon reviewers don't know what happened to him, and I can't find anything on the web. Is it just one of those dead end searches, i.e. nobody knows what happend to him? Or does somebody know what happened to him.

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I think there was a thread on this on the old BNBB. I recall that he ended up in jail (can't remember the offence) back in the 1960s. Not sure what happened to him after that. Quite active on the LA scene in the early 60s, I believe. Didn't he also put in an appearance on stage with Miles?

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I think he went to jail for an ugly crime. Since my memory is vague, I won't say what I remember.

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Sidewinder and Chuck, thanks, although that tidbit does heighten my curiosity.

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I believe I heard statutory rape.

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That rings a bell with me. I wasn't sure though.

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Earl Anderza died in Chicago around 1982 just before reaching 50. He was born in Los Angeles on October 24, 1933.

The information comes from an email adressed by Anderza's niece Janae to French journalist Pierre Briançon.

Briançon, an excellent journalist who was correspondent in Moscow and New York for the respected daily Libération has published "San Quentin Jazz Band' which was released last week by les Editions Grasset. A must read book (in French only so far) for anyone interested in the saga of a number of jazz musicians who went through San Quentin for various reasons.

The book centers on the period from January to November 1962 when the prison had an orchestra that had players like Art Pepper, Dupree Bolton, Anderza, Frank Morgan, Jimmy Bunn and others.

More details are on Briançon's blog:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fusea...endID=257488610

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Hi Brownie - lovely to see you! And as ever, on the button with what people want to know. Good to know you're still lurking.

MG

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thank you for finding this!

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