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Tony Fruscella (February 4, 1927, Orangeburg, New York – August 14, 1969, New York City) was an American jazz trumpeter. He died of liver cirrhosis in 1969. Fruscella played in an Army band early in his career. He served as a sideman for numerous jazz musicians in the 1950s, including Charlie Barnet, Lester Young, Gerry Mulligan (1954) and Stan Getz (1955). He played with Don Joseph later in the 1950s, but by the early 1960s his problems with drug abuse and alcoholism sidelined him from active performance.

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