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Jazz Composer & Teacher Fred Sturm Has Died

Aug 25, 2014

Jazz composer, arranger and teacher Fred Sturm has died. Sturm died Sunday at the age of 63.

He taught at the Eastman School of Music for more than a decade (1991-2002), serving as chair of Eastman Jazz Studies. During his career here (and elsewhere) Sturm worked with musicians as diverse as Bobby McFerrin and Steely Dan.   He created the Baseball Music Project in collaboration with the Baseball Hall of Fame, which was performed by the Boston Pops and other orchestras. 

Rochester musicians are expressing grief on social media. Writing on his Facebook page, RPO principal trombonist Mark Kellogg called him “positive, kind, enthusiastic, giving, and generous,” and an important part of his professional and personal life for over 30 years.

Fred Sturm is survived by his wife Susan, and two children, Ike and Madeline.