December 17. 2016
While on tour with the Duke Ellington Orchestra in late 1941, Blanton became seriously ill.
Unfortunately he was diagnosed with tuberculosis.
In 1943 he moved to receive medical treatment Duarte Sanitarium, near Los Angeles.
He had no family there.
Jimmy Blanton passed away in Monrovia, California on July 30, 1942.
If he had not passed away in 1942, most musicians suppose that Blanton would have been at the forefront of the bebop movement.
I found an invaluable photograph from a collected papers of Journal of Jazz Studies.
Here is Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra play “Jack The Bear”.
Ray Brown played the duo recordings such as reminiscent of Duke’s work with Jimmy Blanton three decades before.
Here is Duke Ellington and Ray Brown play “TRIBUTE TO JIMMY BLANTON ´72”.