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Memorial Service Held for Jazz Legend Horace Silver

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A memorial service was held Monday for jazz legend Horace Silver at St. Augustine of Hippo Church in Manhattan.

Silver was known for for his work on piano and saxophone and was instrumental in creating a form of jazz known as hard bop.

He wrote some well-known jazz pieces like "The Preacher" and "Sister Sadie."

"This is a chance to say goodbye to an incredible musician who contributed so much to all of music, not just the jazz world, but to many different forms of music," said one person who attended the service. "He was a really sweet person, real humanitarian."

"He was a wonderful, not only pianist, but also composer and contributed so much in terms of music to the jazz canon," said another person who attended the service. "So I just thought it was really important for me to come and learn some things about the man that I didn't know, which I did, and to pay my respects."

Silver died last month at the age of 85.

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