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Jakarta Post

Jazz musician Bill Saragih dies

  • A. Junaidi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, January 30 2008   /  12:33 pm

Indonesian jazz musician Bill Amirsjah-Rondahaim Saragih, better known as Bill Saragih, died Tuesday at Fatmawati Hospital in South Jakarta after suffering a stroke. He was 75. Bill experienced a series of strokes over the last seven years and was frequently hospitalized since last year. "It's a great lost to our country. I never saw a musician who could master as many kinds on musical instruments as Bill Saragih," friend and fellow jazz musician Indra Lesmana said, as quoted by Antara. Indra recalled being with Bill in Australia and establishing the Jack and Indra Lesmana Quintet several years ago. Bill played flute and saxophone in the group, Indra's father the late Jack Lesmana played guitar and Indra played piano. "My father once set up a trio with Bill playing piano and singing," Indra recalled. He said Bill, who was born in Pematangsiantar, North Sumatra, on Jan. ...