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John Angell Berger

John Angell Berger, a former jazz drummer, died July 19 of liver cancer at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Desert. He was 71.

Berger, who developed his musical talents during his childhood in Detroit, served in the Army during World War II. Berger also was a member of a jazz band that performed for servicemen.

Following the war, he became a drummer for the Charlie Barnett Orchestra and later with Charlie Parker’s band in New York.

He went on to perform with other jazz luminaries such as Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Arnold.

Berger is survived by his wife, Helene; and two daughters, Jolie Ker and actress Jenica Bergere.

Services will be Saturday at the Annenberg Theater in Palm Springs.

Donations can be made to the City of Hope, 1500 E. Duarte Road, Duarte, CA 91010, Attention: Central Processing, with respect to John Berger.

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