Miami's Top Ten Jazz Musicians

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10. Pete Minger

George Allen "Pete" Minger was a trumpeter and flugelhorn player who had the distinction of working with the Count Basie Orchestra during the '70s. He released a pair of solo albums, Minger Paintings and Look to the Sky. Like many on this list, he was a University of Miami graduate and instructor. A featured trumpeter on many occasions, Minger was a frequent live local during the '90s. Sadly, he passed away at only 57 years of age in 2000.

9. Ira Sullivan

Originally from Chicago, Ira Sullivan, now in his early 80s, has been a resident of South Florida since the late 1960s and has been one of the more virtuosic musicians to call Miami home. Equally adept on the trumpet and flugelhorn as the alto, soprano and tenor saxophones, Sullivan brought some of the Chicago hard-bop to Miami Beach's fledgling jazz scene back in the day.

See also: Miami's Five Best Jazz Clubs

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