Swedish Jazz Musician Arne Domnerus Dies at 83

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Arne Domnerus
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Arne Domnerus, one of Sweden's most influential jazz musicians, has died. He was 83.

The alto saxophonist and orchestra leader died Tuesday morning after a long period of illness, his son, Leif Domnerus, told The Associated Press.

He said Domnerus had heart surgery last year, after which he suffered pneumonia and a brain hemorrhage.

Born outside Stockholm in 1924, Domnerus started his first professional orchestra in the 1940's. He played with jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Clark Terry and Quincy Jones and often performed at the Nalen jazz club in Stockholm, where he led his own orchestra for many years.

Among his most famous recordings was “Jazz at the Pawnshop," which has sold more than half a million copies.

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