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Turk Van Lake: 1918-2002
Turk Van Lake
Guitar, arranger

Born: June 15, 1918 in Boston, Massachussets
Died: September 1, 2002 in New York City, New York

Turk Van Lake

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Van Lake

Author and musician Bill Crow sent the following message:

I just got word from a friend that Turk Van Lake (born Vanig Hovsepian) passed away.

He was the guitarist on the Benny Goodman tour to Russia [1962], and had worked for Benny on earlier bands. He had been living and teaching in Staten Island for many years.


Turk van Lake also worked as a musician and/or arranger with Chick Webb, Georgie Auld, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich and others in the 1940s. He recorded with Terry Gibbs, Sarah Vaughan, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson and Les Elgart in the 1950s, and with Herbie Mann in the 1960s. He led his own groups at different times.


JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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