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Jazz Arranger and PianistCopyright © 2001
The monthly on-line newsletter for Jazz at the Landing <www.riverwalk.org/> reports the death of jazz arranger Billy Maxted:
Billy Maxted, a Big Band era jazz musician who wrote for Benny Goodman and played with Glenn Miller, died Thursday at the Fort Lauderdale, FL Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was 84.
Born in Racine, WI in 1917, Maxted lived in Long Island, NY for much of his life until he moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1961. While living in New York, Maxted was a fixture at Nick's in Greenwich Village.
Florida musician Will Connelly mentions "Billy's heroic [WWII] service as a carrier-based Navy fighter pilot in the Pacific. Billy will be forever memorialized by the legacy of the great--and still played [arrangements] he wrote for Goodman, Bob Crosby and other leaders."
Don Ingle writes: "My friend, teacher, and mentor Red Nichols told me several times that Billy Maxted was the finest piano man and arranger that ever worked for him. Billy's playing was fine, but it was his arranging skills for a small band that made him stand out. Today I would compare him to John Sheridan with [Jim] Cullum's band as one who could write BIG for