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Jazz Drumming Legend Elvin Jones Dies at 76

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Jazz Drumming Legend Elvin Jones Dies at 76

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Jazz Drumming Legend Elvin Jones Dies at 76

Jazz Drumming Legend Elvin Jones Dies at 76

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Elvin Jones, a renowned drummer and member of the John Coltrane Quartet, died Tuesday in a New Jersey hospital of heart failure. He was 76. Jones' powerful, complex playing helped changed the role of the drummer in jazz groups and influenced a generation of rockers, including The Doors, the Grateful Dead and Santana. NPR's Renee Montagne has a remembrance.

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