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Jazz Drummer Ed Shaughnessy Dead at 84

Jazz Drummer Ed Shaughnessy Dead at 84

Renowned jazz drummer Ed Shaughnessy, best known for his three decades with Doc Severinsen's "Tonight Show" band, has died. He was 84.

Shaughnessy suffered a heart attack Friday at his Calabasas home, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The mutton-chop-sideburned musician performed with Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, and George Balanchine and the New York City Ballet.

Shaughnessy also performed with legendary Indian tabla player Alla Rakha and played amongst cutting edge artists of his time, including bassist Charles Mingus and trumpeter Don Ellis.

Ed is survived by son Daniel Shaughnessy, daughter-in-law Nicah Shaughnessy and three grandchildren. Another son, Jimmy, died in a 1984 traffic accident.