Frank Sinatra collaborator Buddy DeFranco dies, aged 91

News of the jazz clarinetist’s passing was confirmed last night (December 26)

New Jersey-born jazz clarinetist Buddy DeFranco has died, aged 91.

News of DeFranco’s passing was confirmed last night (December 26) by his wife Joyce.

The musician passed away at a Florida hospital on Christmas Eve following several years of declining health.

DeFranco was renowned for his work with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald among others and was also awarded the Playboy All-Star title for top jazz clarinet player in the world 16 times throughout his eight-decade career.

DeFranco also performed as band leader of the Glenn Miller Orchestra from 1966 to 1974 as well as releasing dozens of albums on which he was also credited as leader between 1953 and 2006.