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Jazz pioneer Horace Silver dies at age 85

Published on Jun 19, 2014 2:11 PM

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Jazz musician Horace Silver, a composer known for pioneering hard bop in the 1950s, died on Wednesday, said Blue Note Records.

"Horace passed away this morning at 85 years of age," said the famed jazz label in a statement on Wednesday.

National Public Radio, quoting Silver's son, said he died from natural causes.

Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the Portuguese influence in the islands of Cape Verde, from where his family emigrated to the United States.

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