Big band singer and a cabaret artist Joe Derise died June 24 of cancer in a hospice in Shelton, Conn. He was 76.
He sang with Tommy Dorsey, was guitarist-singer-arranger for the Claude Thornhill Orchestra and formed the own group Four Jacks and a Jill (Patty Easton, who became his wife). He continued as a cabaret artist throughout New York. He also toured with the Diamonds as musical director and vocalist. He made several records and wrote with lyricist Marcia Hillman.
He is survived by a son and a daughter.