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JOHN LINDNER John Lindner, 90, a professional musician, passed away peacefully April 3, 2014. A 56-year resident of Las Vegas, John and his wife, Miriam journeyed from their home in New York City to accept a two-week gig at the Desert Inn Hotel. That engagement lasted four and half years. John's career took him through Fremont Street and up and down the Strip, appearing in virtually every major hotel during the golden hey-day of live music in Las Vegas. He played at special events, parties for dignitaries, celebrities, heads of state, politicians, presidents and astronauts. John used to say that there were very few hotel grand openings that he did not play at. A quiet self-effacing man, never the less he was in the middle of it all. Away from work, John's life was jazz. From listening to jazz, collecting records and CDs of jazz, recording jazz radio programs, being a member of the Las Vegas Jazz Society and playing at every jazz spot in town, he was completely immersed in it. Born in Berlin, Germany in 1923, John and his parents emigrated to Israel in 1933, when it was Palestine, a British mandate. He showed an interest in music since an early age, first receiving an accordion and then two years later starting trumpet lessons. After serving in the army as a musician during the 1947-48 War of Independence, he decided to pursue his musical career and love of jazz in the U.S. arriving in New York City in 1951. John came well prepared, having a vast repertoire and a fantastic memory. It is there he met his wife, Miriam and together they raised two sons, Alan and Kenny. He is survived by his partner and wife, of 56 years, Miriam; his son, Alan and wife, Debbie; and grandsons, Josh and Alex. "We were very fortunate to have had all these many years together. You'll always be in our hearts."
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