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Tony Cennamo, jazz DJ, dies at 76

Posted by Steve Greenlee  June 8, 2010 05:15 PM

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cennamo.jpgLongtime Boston jazz radio host Tony Cennamo died today at the age of 76. Mr. Cennamo spent 25 years spinning jazz records at WBUR-FM (90.9), where he had his own morning show in the 1970s and '80s. He also taught jazz history at Emerson College. Mr. Cennamo, who had diabetes and lived in a nursing home for the past five years, had been in declining health and suffered a seizure five weeks ago. He died peacefully at 2:45 a.m. today, according to his son James, who said family members comforted him in recent weeks by playing him old recordings of his own show as well as music by his favorite artists, including jazz singer Mark Murphy and pianist Thelonious Monk. "He went out listening to Monk," his son said. Funeral services are still being arranged. A memorial service will be held June 26 at 2 p.m. at Boston University's Marsh Chapel.
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