Eddy Louiss, French Jazz Organist, Dead at 74

Eddy Louiss
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Eddy Louis performs at Jazz in Marciac festival in south western France on August 7, 2006.    

French jazz organist Eddy Louiss, who played in the Stan Getz quartet in the early 1970s, died Tuesday in a hospital in central western France. He was 74. 

In 1971, Louiss and his Hammond organ to join René Thomas and Bernard Lubat in the Stan Getz quartet to record the celebrated album Dynasty. His discography extends to duet recordings with pianist Michel Petrucciani, accordionist Richard Galliano and French musician Claude Nougaro. In 1977, Louiss made the decision to go solo. 

The Paris-born Louiss first got his start in his father's orchestra in the 1950s and then went on to join the French vocal group the Double Six. 

The Paris-born musician had undergone two surgeries recently for a cataract, but did not survive a third surgery following a fall. His son Pierre Louiss told AFP, he passed away "peacefully, surrounded by family."

In the early 1990s, Eddy Louiss had his left leg amputated as a result of artery problems and made in recent years seldom made public appearances, his son said, though he continued to work on music.


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