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Don Mumford (February 9, 1954 — July 6, 2007) was a Lawrence, Kansas jazz musician. In addition to South African jazz pioneer Abdullah Ibrahim (Dollar Brand), during several productive years in the active music scene of Portland, Oregon, his mentors included drummer Mel Brown and the late saxophonist Jim Pepper. Before leaving Oregon for the international scene Mumford's variegated drumming style was heard in such diverse settings as the play "Red Beans and Rice," Carl Smith's Natural Gas Company and in one especially memorable jazz gig together with Ted Trimble, Steve Christofferson and Nancy King in Eugene. In the 1980s Mumford toured Africa and Europe with Abdullah Ibrahim and Essiet Okon Essiet, as well as with the famed aggregation of the late Sun Ra. Mumford died in Des Moines, Iowa in July 2007 at age 53 after being involved in a bicycle accident.
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