Edmund Anderson, stockbroker who became a composer, music producer and influential confidant of Duke Ellington, died June 29 at his home in Quogue, N.Y. He was 89.
He met Ellington in 1936 and was credited with helping expand the jazz great’s musical tastes. They remained friends until Ellington’s death in 1974.
In the early 1940s the Ellington band recorded “Flamingo,” written by Anderson with Ted Grouya and which became an Ellington standard. Anderson also is credited with pressing Ellington to perform in Carnegie Hall, which he and his band did in 1943.
Anderson also produced jazz broadcasts for radio, and wrote music for and directed radio and TV ads.
He is survived by his third wife, Joan; two daughters; a son; two stepsons; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandson.