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Bruce Lundvall, CEO of Blue Note Records and Prominent Jazz Figure, Dies at 79

by Ian Holubiak   May 21, 2015 10:56 AM EDT

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Former CEO of Blue Note records and a most major figure in jazz, Bruce Lundvall, who had been battling a neurological disorder, has passed away. Following recent surgery, Lundvall failed to regain consciousness. He was 79 years old.

As of late, Lundvall had been living in a senior assisted living center in New Jersey for complications involving his tragic battle with Parkinson's disease, as per Dan Oulette. Oulette told Billboard — who also wrote Bruce Lundvall: Playing by Ear — that the heavyweight was under care. Apparently, Lundvall underwent surgery but never regained consciousness.

Lundvall, who passed on May 19, was a respected and loved figure in jazz. He is credited with signing Grammy Award winners and cultural icons Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis, Natalie Cole and Norah Jones.

And he was also a mentor.

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