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Viewpoint - May 7, 2014

The beat goes on: An appreciation of Dr. Wong

by Renee Batti

Jazz royalty. A visionary, and a legend in the jazz world. Any musician would be thrilled to be characterized by those reverential labels. But would someone who didn't play jazz professionally qualify for such honorifics? Hard to imagine, unless you were lucky enough to know Herb Wong. From the time serendipity introduced him to the art of jazz when he was a boy of 10 or 11, until the end of his life on April 20 at age 88, Herb ardently embraced the music and its creators as a writer, historian, producer and educator. He believed that jazz is "the ultimate in personal creative expression," he said in a 1995 interview with the Almanac.

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