Paul Desmond’s Death Cause, Age at Death, and More!

Paul Desmond Died

The saxophonist Paul Desmond passed away at age 52, not too shabby.

Biography - A Short Wiki

Jazz musician and songwriter who played alto saxophone for the Dave Brubeck Quartet and penned the group’s 1959 hit song “Take Five.” He was a prominent member of the post-World War II “cool jazz” movement.

As a child, he played the violin and the clarinet. He learned to play the alto saxophone during his first year at San Francisco State College.

He served a three-year term in the United States Army.

How did Paul Desmond die?

Lung Cancer caused Paul Desmond's death in 1977.

Information about the death of Paul Desmond
Cause of deathLung Cancer
Age of death52 years
BirthdayNovember 25, 1924
Death dateMay 30, 1977
Place of deathManhattan, New York, United States
Place of burialN/A


"Writing is like jazz. It can be learned, but it can't be taught."

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"I would also like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age."

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"I was overlooked long before anyone knew who I was."

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"We used to get on planes, and they'd ask who we were, and we'd say, 'The Dave Brubeck Quartet', and they'd say, 'Who?' In later years they'd say, 'Oh', which amounts to the same thing."

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