Tommy LiPuma, 80, a longtime jazz producer and record company exec, died of an undisclosed illness March 13. 


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LiPuma was formerly VP of jazz and progressive music at Warner Bros. and senior VP at Elektra Records.

He also produced for Miles Davis, Paul McCartney, Barbra Streisand, and Willie Nelson and had more than 30 Grammy nominations.

The producer’s name adorns the Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts at the Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland after LiPuma gave the school a $3 million endowment. The producer’s last project was Diana Krall’s Turn Up The Quiet, which hits shelves in May.