The lights have dimmed but the band plays on Photo contributed by Julie HerzogJeff played with Idyllwild Jazz in the summer of 2016. ■ Rusty Strait & Matt McPherson / The Valley Chronicle The obituary reads “Jeffrey James Tower, 63 of Hemet, California passed away on Tuesday, July 4, 2017, at home surrounded by his loving family.” That just doesn’t say anything about him as a person. Perhaps the proper line should read, “Jeff Tower visited us for 63 years. His shadow has blessed this valley and the thousands of musicians and musical students who were privy to come under his baton. It is often said of great ones, that they

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