| Jazz double bassist Jack Lesberg, who performed
with the likes of Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman has died at
the age of 85.
As well as playing with many of the great jazz
greats, Lesberg also played in symphonic orchestras.
Lesberg played violin in clubs before
switching to the double bass in the late 1930s.
He survived the Boston Coconut Grove club fire
of 1942 in which 492 people died and many more were injured.
After moving to New York he played with
guitarist Eddie Condon, saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and singers
Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughan.
In the 1950s he toured with the Armstrong All
He also performed with the New York City
Symphony Orchestra, under Leonard Bernstein, and later with the
Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
His daughter, Valerie Kaplan, said he died
from complications from Alzheimer's disease.