Other Notable Deaths

OTHER NOTABLE DEATHS

August 13, 2006

Duke Jordan, 84, a pianist whose work with the saxophonist Charlie Parker endures in the jazz canon, died Tuesday in Valby, Denmark, a suburb of Copenhagen.

He had lived in self-imposed exile from the United States since 1978, continuing to perform in the musical tradition he helped create. He was regarded as one of the great early bebop pianists.

A handful of recordings from 1947 and 1948 featuring Mr. Parker, along with Miles Davis on trumpet, Mr. Jordan on piano and Max Roach on drums, are considered masterpieces. They include "Embraceable You," "Crazeology," and "Scrapple From the Apple."

Alvin Cooperman, 83, a television producer and executive at the Shubert Organization, owner of more than a dozen New York theaters, died of complications from a severe case of shingles Friday in New York City.

Born in Brooklyn, he began working for Shubert Organization Inc. as an office boy at 16. In 1951, he got a job as a production manager for NBC, for which he produced several series in the 1950s and '60s, including Shirley Temple's Fairy Tales.

He later went back to work for the Shubert Organization, where he booked shows for the 22 theaters the company then had in New York and elsewhere. He was rehired by NBC in 1967 as vice president of special programs, but the next year was named executive vice president and director at Madison Square Garden. In 1969, he started the Madison Square Garden Network to carry events at the venue, making it one of the first regional sports networks.

Richard T. Greene Sr., 93, who for 30 years was the president and a director of the Carver Federal Savings Bank in New York City, which he built into the country's largest African-American financial institution, died of heart failure Aug. 3 at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Established by business and church leaders in Harlem in 1949, Carver grew to become one of the area's enduring institutions. Mr. Greene began his long career there in 1960 when Joseph Davis, the bank's co-founder and president, hired him as an executive assistant. Mr. Greene quickly rose through the ranks, becoming president in 1969.

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