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Al Cobine: Another Indiana Jazz Legend Passes Away

Al Cobine, the Indiana bandleader, composer/arranger, and saxophonist passed away Thursday at the age of 82.

Al CobineAl Cobine, the Indiana bandleader, composer/arranger, and saxophonist who helped raise Bloomington’s music scene to national stature, passed away Thursday afternoon at the age of 82. A native of Richmond, Indiana, Cobine came to Bloomington in the 1950s to pursue a doctorate in political science but ended up becoming a widely renowned big-band leader instead, putting together orchestras and arrangements for Henry Mancini, Johnny Mathis, Elvis Presley, and many other popular artists and directing a Bloomington-based ensemble for decades.

Read the entire blog entry from WFIU’s Nightlights host, David Brent Johnson.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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