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Al Vega, 90, Boston piano legend accompanied the giants of jazz

In clubs hazy with smoke and the promise of a great performance, Al Vega played piano as the finest jazz musicians stepped into the spotlight.

Appearing in nearly every chapter of Boston’s jazz history, beginning in the 1930s, Mr. Vega shared the stage with a roster of musical royalty: Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Stan Getz, and Billie Holiday and Nina Simone.

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