Claude Black (musician)

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Claude Black
BornOctober 24, 1932
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Died (aged 80)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.

Claude Black (October 24, 1932 – January 17, 2013) was an American jazz pianist who performed with Stan Getz, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Stitt, Aretha Franklin and, for the last few decades of his life, with bassist Clifford Murphy.


Black was born in Detroit. He began his jazz career in 1948, but his big success came in 1965, when he began a tour with Aretha Franklin. Black died on January 17, 2013, at the age of 80, after suffering from cancer for a long time.[1][2][3]


  1. ^ "Toledo jazz legend Claude Black dies at 80". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  2. ^ Brigitta Burks. "Jazz pianist Black died Jan. 17". Toledo Free Press. Archived from the original on June 2, 2013. Retrieved January 18, 2013.
  3. ^ Rod Lockwood. "Famed jazz musician loses battle with cancer". Toledo Blade. Retrieved January 18, 2013.