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When I saw this post I immediately thought of Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson. They were, of course, members of Megadeth who are/were jazz musicians as well. (Samuelson died in 1999.) They appeared on the albums Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! and Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?. Poland is also on The System Has Failed.

Nick Menza, who was also in Megadeth, had a jazz background as well. This article was written after his death in 2016. He literally died on stage while performing with his band. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/05/23/from-jazz-and-metal-the-duality-of-former-megadeath-drummer-nick-menza-who-died-after-collapsing-on-stage/

Jazz music, woodworking and the pummeling sounds of thrash metal.

To the casual observer, one of these things is not like the other, but to Nick Menza, they had one thing in common: He loved them.

Long before recording “Symphony for Destruction,” the drummer came up under the instruction of his father, German-born jazz saxophonist Don Menza, the Associated Press reported.

Don joined Buddy Rich’s big band as a jazz tenor in 1968 and spent years as a member of “The Tonight Show” band when Johnny Carson still helmed the show. His career introduced Nick to a genre of music that would continue to influence him even after he found heavy metal. According to industry publication Ultimate Classic Rock, Nick Menza first played for an audience when he was two and someone placed him on the empty stool of Jack DeJohnette — who drummed for Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock — during an intermission.

Buddy Rich, who performed with Count Basie, even tutored Nick. That tutelage shined through even in his work with Megadeth. Dave Mustaine, Megadeth’s frontman, said in a statement, “As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining,”

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