Edward (Eddie) Cano Jr., a jazz pianist well known in Los Angeles nightclubs for his blending of jazz harmonics and Latin rhythms, died of an apparent heart attack over the weekend.
Cano, who was a favorite of such entertainers as Ella Fitzgerald, Ethel Merman, Jackie Cooper and Jerry Lewis, was 60, said his former wife, Laura.
He was found dead in his Boyle Heights home early Saturday morning by neighbors.
A native of Los Angeles, Cano was raised in a musical family. His grandfather played with the Mexico City Symphony and taught him to play the string bass and his father taught him how to play the guitar. He studied the piano and trombone privately.
Cano played with Latin band leader Miguelito Valdez in 1947-48 and later formed his own combo and played clubs around town where he became a favorite of Fitzgerald, Eddie Fisher, Miss Merman, Lewis, Cooper and Diahann Carroll, his former wife said.