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Bob Lucas
July 4, 1999
Age 60
 
Leukemia 
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SEBASTOPOL, Calif. (AP) - Bob Lucas, a jazz pianist who played with greats  
such as Dave Brubeck and Dinah Shore, died Sunday of leukemia, two weeks  
after his final performance, with Eddie Fisher. He was 60.  

Two weeks ago, a frail Lucas, battling a 102-degree fever, accompanied Fisher  
in a performance in San Francisco that was filmed by Dateline NBC for a piece  
on Fisher's attempted comeback.  

Lucas discovered jazz when his father invited Louis Armstrong to stay at the  
family hotel after other hotels refused to rent a room to the black musician.  

Lucas passed up a scholarship at the New York Light Opera Company for life as  
a jazz musician. He came to California in 1968, playing at clubs in the San  
Francisco area.  

In the late 1970s he took over the foundering Russian River Jazz Festival and  
brought it back to life in a few years.  

Lucas was well-known for his charity work, playing at events such as AIDS and  
cancer benefits, dropping by nursing homes or anywhere he could gather an  
audience.  
 

 
 
 
       
 

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