The Dallas music scene lost a pillar today in Claude Johnson. He had been suffering health issues for the last few years. He was currently on dialysis treatment. Johnson studied at UNT in the late 60s and went on to play with players like Marchel Ivery, James Clay, Worm, Shelley Carrol, Martha Burks, James Lynn Marsh and other Texas greats. Although he did not record much as a leader, he was a mainstay in arranging for many jazz players. He will be missed by so many. Rest in Peace.

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