Jazz drummer Jerry Granelli sits in his studio in Halifax on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2010. Halifax-based jazz drummer Granelli, known for his work on the beloved 1965 TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas," has died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Halifax jazz drummer Jerry Granelli of ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ dies at age 80

TORONTO — Halifax-based jazz drummer Jerry Granelli, known for his work on the beloved 1965 TV special “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” has died.

His son, musician J. Anthony Granelli, says the San Francisco-born percussionist died yesterday morning surrounded by friends and caregivers at his home in Halifax.

He was 80.

The New York-based Granelli says his father suffered from a bout of internal bleeding in late December and spent months in hospital undergoing treatments that uncovered and exacerbated underlying health issues.

Granelli is survived by his three children, who live outside of Canada, and five grandchildren.

The self-described sound artist created music for the TV adaptation of Charles Schultz’s “Peanuts” comic strip as a part of the Vince Guaraldi Trio.