John Leone

Oct. 20, 1921 - May 12, 2012

    John Leone of East Hampton, a professional jazz musician, died on May 12 after a short illness. He was 90. Mr. Leone was known for having played with big bands in New York City and on the South Fork.
    As a young musician, Mr. Leone studied at the Peabody Institute of Music in Baltimore. Early on, he played at the Peanut Cafe in Dunkirk, N.Y., and with the Roly Rogers Orchestra, a New England band.
    Later, he performed at the Elbow Beach Surf Club in Bermuda and with the Bob Alexander Band and Eimer’s Band on the South Fork.
    A World War II veteran, he played in the Coast Guard band from 1942 until 1945.
    Mr. Leone’s wife of 37 years, Pearl Howard Leone, survives, as does her daughter, Dorothea Jaycox. They both live in East Hampton. Mr. Leone also leaves two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.
    He was born in Westfield, N.Y., on Oct. 20, 1921, to John Leone and the former Cecilia Loiacano. He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph Leone and Salvatore Leone, and a sister, Connie Bivona.
    The family has suggested memorial contributions to the Jazz Foundation of America at jazzfoundation.org.