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Jazz Drummer Billy James Dies at 73

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Billy James Legendary jazz drummer Billy James has died in Philadelphia at the age of 73.

James died Friday night at Mercy Hospital after struggling with complications from asthma. That's according to his longtime girlfriend, Danita Lyburn.

James was originally from Pittsburgh and played with jazz greats including Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Eddie
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
1922 - 1986
sax, tenor
, Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
Sonny Stitt
1924 - 1982
saxophone
, Don Patterson
Don Patterson
Don Patterson
1936 - 1988
organ, Hammond B3
, Pat Martino
Pat Martino
Pat Martino
b.1944
guitar
, Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
Eddie Harris
1934 - 1994
saxophone
, Houston Person
Houston Person
Houston Person
b.1934
sax, tenor
and Etta Jones
Etta Jones
Etta Jones
b.1928
vocalist
, The Groove ORGANization featuring Gene Ludwig
Gene Ludwig
Gene Ludwig
1937 - 2010
organ, Hammond B3
, and many others.

He was a long-time mainstay at Philadelphia jazz clubs, including Ortlieb's Jazzhaus and Chris' Jazz Cafe.

Funeral arrangements have not been set.
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