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Influential teacher played with the greatsCopyright © 2007
A widely respected teacher, whose students included Gary Burton, Alan Broadbent, Toshiko Akiyoshi and Miroslav Vitous, Irving Herbert Pomeroy III died at his home after a long battle with cancer. He was 77.
Although best known for his work at the Berklee College of Music, the Lenox School of Music and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as a trumpeter he played with high-profile performers like Charlie Parker, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. His own bands featured talented sidemen like Sam Rivers, Jaki Byard and Charlie Mariano.
A graduate of Berklee himself, Pomeroy taught at the college for 41 years, retiring in 1995. He was named to DownBeat's Jazz Education Hall of Fame, and given a similar honor by the International Association for Jazz Education.
He is survived by his wife, Dodie Gibbons, a son and four stepchildren.