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Ian Finkel (2)

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Ian Lawrence Finkel (August 13, 1948 – November 16, 2020) was an American musician specializing in the xylophone, author, and entertainer.[1]

Finkel was the son of  Fyvush Finkel, and Gertrude (Lieberman) Finkel. His brother, Elliot Finkel, is also a known entertainer. The brothers performed as the comedic-duet the Finkel Boys.[2][3]

Finkel attended Mannes School of Music at the New School and was a student of Walter Rosenberger.[4]


Finkel was known as the world’s greatest xylophone virtuoso.[5] He was the musical director for Michael Feinstein. He also worked for Sid Caesar, Tito Puente, and Ginger Roberts.[6] He played with the New York Philharmonic and played with orchestras that accompanied Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Diana Ross.[7]

He was the only xylophone player to have appeared on all major television stations and to have recorded for most record labels. He had concert tours in Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico, England, and America.[8]

He was the editor of Solos for the Vibraphone Player and the writer of plays and musicals including Sophie Tucker in Person.[9] His books include Three is The Charm, Sex Stories My Wife Told Me, and Transmutation Blues and Vaudeville 1922, and numerous short stories.[10]


He was married to Cheryl Ann Allen. The couple had two children.

He died of coronavirus in November 2020.[4]


  1. Kilgannon, Corey (2020-11-25). "Ian Finkel, 'World's Greatest Xylophonist,' Dies at 72". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  2. "Ian Finkel Has Died". Theater Pizzazz. 2020-11-17. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  3. "The Finkel Brothers – A Valentine To The Great American Songbook". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Kilgannon, Corey (2020-11-25). "Ian Finkel, 'World's Greatest Xylophonist,' Dies at 72". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  5. "Ian Finkel Theatre Credits, News, Bio and Photos". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  6. "Ian Finkel – Jazz Arts Group of Columbus". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  7. "A tribute to Ian Finkel, the world's greatest xylophonist". Local 802 AFM. 2020-12-01. Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  8. "The Soul of the American Actor". Retrieved 2020-12-10.
  9. "Finkel-Art of the Xylophone Grand School Book 2". Steve Weiss Music. Retrieved 2020-12-13.
  10. "Celebrated Entertainer Ian Finkel partners with More4Many Books – JT-PR". Retrieved 2020-12-13.

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