Category: remembering

Freddie Hubbard Has Died »

It seems like a musician that had an impact on the style I enjoy listening to today always dies around the Christmas holiday. This year, it’s Freddie Hubbard. He passed away today after suffering a heart attack in late November. He played with legends John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, and Art Blakey. He was a star […]

Remembering Grover »

Every December, I remember Grover Washington, Jr., a contemporary jazz legend. He died nine years ago, on December 17. He had a distinctive sound and a number of hits that are still remembered and played to this day. He made a lasting impression on me when I saw him rock the house in St. Louis […]

Marc Moulin Has Died »

I knew Marc Moulin’s acid jazz/nu jazz music from his Blue Note release here entitled Top Secret. I think it’s the only one of his Blue Note recordings issued here. However, as I just learned, he had a long-lived career starting with a fusion band called Placebo and including the electro-pop band Telex. He died […]

News: Oscar Peterson Tribute, David Benoit, John Beasley Tribute To Herbie Hancock »

Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, and Nancy Wilson were among the musicians who paid tribute to the late Oscar Peterson on January 12 at Toronto‚Äôs Roy Thomson Hall. The event, titled “Oscar Peterson: Simply the Best” saw 2500 fans offering a final farewell to the legendary pianist. He died on December 23, at the […]

Shirley Horn 1934-2005 »

Shirley Horn passed away Thursday at the age of 71. She had been battling diabetes for some time. Her history and accolades are covered on most major news sites. One of the best tributes is by Richard Harrington in today’s Washington Post. However, I’ve not seen much mention of what may be her final work: […]

Michael Kamen Dies »

Composer Michael Kamen died yesterday after suffering from multiple sclerosis for several years. He was 55. Reports from news wires credit the Oscar-nominated man for his memorable work on the ‘Lethal Weapon’ films and ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’, but I remember him best for his Concerto for Saxophone featuring David Sanborn CD in 1990. […]

Bob Berg Dies »

Saxman Bob Berg has passed away. Bob was killed in an automobile accident on Thursday. He was 51. Throughout the 70s, 80s, and 90s, Bob played in bands with Horace Silver, Miles Davis, and Chick Corea among others. I’m guessing that others reading this have his early 90s, Grammy-nominated release Back Roads. I remember Bob’s […]

Obituary: Nick Webb »

LOS ANGELES (Variety) – Guitarist and composer Nick Webb, a founding member of the contemporary jazz group Acoustic Alchemy, died in London Thursday from cancer, the group’s publicist said. He was 43. Webb, a native of England, diagnosed with pancreatic cancer a year ago, and at the time of his death was finishing work on […]

Obituary: Zachary Breaux 1960-1997 »

Zachary Charles Breaux died February 20, 1997 after attempting to save a drowning woman in the ocean off Miami Beach. According to the Associated Press, Breaux suffered a heart attack after being brought to shore. The woman also died. Breaux had previously saved a man from drowning, while on tour in Italy in 1988. Zachary […]

Obituary: Art Porter 1961-1996 »

Arthur Lee Porter, Jr. perished in a tragic boating accident in Thailand on Saturday evening, November 23, 1996. Porter and four others were floating on the River Kwae when their raft sprang a leak. Porter, a boatman, and a married couple who were music teachers in Bangkok all drowned. The only survivor was Alan Burrows, […]