Volume XCIX, No. 9October, 1999

Angelo Barbaria – Piano

Edye ByrdeDrums

Marge ChiurazziHarp

Warren L. CovingtonTrombone/Conductor

Percy FagenTrumpet

Jack FrenchPiano/Conductor

Diana B. HalprinViolin

George KoenigSaxophone

Michael LevineDrums

Abraham LevittTrumpet

Frank A. MartoranoTrombone

Michael RodSaxophone

Irving SussmanAccordion

Joseph J. VirgilGuitar

William J. VotapkaSaxophone

Jack French

Jack French, 70, a pianist and conductor who had a long career accompanying some notable entertainers, died on Aug. 5. He had been a Local 802 member since 1964.

An accomplished musician, conductor and pianist, Mr. French was highly regarded by his peers. He was the possessor of perfect pitch, with a wide knowledge of songs and their lyrics. “It was a treat to hear Jack sit down and play the piano,” said John Spooner, a close friend, who first worked with Mr. French in 1978. “He had a wonderful technique and was a fine accompanist. His true forte, however, was his ability to conduct an orchestra from the piano while accompanying the finest entertainers in the world. He made it look easy.”

Mr. French worked with Liza Minelli for 11 years, with Anthony Newley for 21 years, with Andy Williams for nine years, with Ben Vereen for five years and was still conducting for Shirley MacLaine, Eddie Arnold and Joel Grey at the time of his death.

He is survived by his wife Peggy and sons Craig and Bryan. His daughter, Cheryl, passed away three years ago.

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