Music maestro Russ Garcia dies at 95

BAND MASTER: Musical legend Russ Garcia celebrated his 95th birthday with a concert at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri earlier this year.

A man described as a musical legend - whose 70-year career in jazz and film saw him work with the likes of Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Walt Disney and Clint Eastwood - has died at his home in Kerikeri aged 95.

Russ Garcia died on Sunday morning, with his wife Gina at his side, after a short illness. He had been in good health until a few weeks ago, when illness forced him to cancel a series of concerts in the US.

According to the customs of his Bahai'i faith he was buried in a private ceremony yesterday afternoon.

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