A 75-year-old whose customers included Elton, Steven Spielberg, Frank Sinatra, the Eagles and Quincy Jones, has died of lung disease, Reuters has announced.
David L. Abell ran a Beverly Boulevard piano store for 40 years which catered to film, pop, rock and jazz performers. He was the first dealer in L.A. to feature Yamaha and Bosendorfer instruments.
Known locally as "the best friend jazz has ever had," he was a longtime supporter of the UCLA jazz studies program and established a musical scholarship there last year in his name.
In 1995, he spearheaded a drive to replace the music department of Washington Preparatory High School, which had been destroyed by fire, and helped raise more than $250,000 to replace the losses.
Abell was president of the Los Angeles Jazz Society and then chairman emeritus. He led the creation of the Bill Green Mentor Scholarship Program, and he and his wife established a scholarship for piano students in the name of Duke Ellington.