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Theodore T. Howes Jr., radio host and jazz musician

June 5, 1934 – Sept. 27, 2013

Theodore T. Howes Jr. of Hamburg, a longtime jazz musician and radio host, died Friday in Cheektowaga after a short illness. He was 79.

Born in Ithaca, Mr. Howes moved to the Buffalo area in 1950. He graduated from Hamburg High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum geology from Bowling Green State University.

He married his wife, Julieanne, on June 18, 1960.

During his career, he worked for Kodak in Buffalo, in sales for the former Marine Midland Bank, and as development director for WBFO.

Mr. Howes hosted the Jazz Band Ball radio show on WBFO for 22 years. He recently received the Tom Lanfear Award for Lifetime Achievement in Jazz from the Queen City Jazz Society, of which he was a member.

He was the leader of the Nickel City Clippers, a well-known traditional jazz band, for more than 25 years. He was also a member of the I Love Jazz Band with Charlie Musson for many years.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Howes is survived by a son, Graham; one daughter, Elizabeth; two brothers, Stuart and Steven; and two sisters, Ruth Cappadonia and Susan Linderman.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in Loomis, Offers & Loomis Funeral Home, 207 Main St., Hamburg.

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