2012: The Year in Jazz
Singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, the headliner at the first Miami Nice Jazz Festival on October 26, took to the stage at Miami's Gusman Center, but said she would not perform because of a contract dispute. After getting half of her $17,000 fee in advance via wire, final payment at the concert was by regular check, not cash or a certified check as specified. Bridgewater then walked off stage. Organizers said she left with the check even though she didn't perform. If that didn't cause enough of a stir among area jazz fans, the Miami Jazz Festival, which was scheduled on November 17 and 18 with acts including Trio da Paz and pianist Monty Alexander, was canceled because of poor ticket sales.
2012 Final Bars
There were many losses in the jazz world during 2012, ranging from pianist, composer and bandleader Dave Brubeck and composer Clare Fischer to drummer Pete "La Roca" Sims, saxophonists Red Holloway, John Tchicai and David S. Ware, and singer Etta James. A comprehensive listing follows.
Accordionists Juri Kravets, Frank Marocco and Krzysztof Puszynski; accordionist, pianist and composer One Eivin Pedersen.
Balafon player Kélétigui Diabate.
Bandleader, arranger, composer and musical director Mort Lindsey; bandleader, composer and arranger Jairo Varela.
Banjoist/guitarist Reg Quantrill.
Bassists Bob Badgley, Jimmy Bond, Lloyd Brevett, Joe Bruno, Joe Byrd, Freddie Deronde, Charles Flores, Victor Gaskin, Chris Giles, Dick Kniss, Takayoshi Matsunaga, Chuck Metcalf, Richie Pillot, Jacky Samson, Nabil Totah, Nick Tountas and Zbigniew Wegehaupt; bassist and artist manager John Levy; bassist, singer and broadcaster Wally Wrightman; bassist, organist, composer and arranger Ed Lincoln; bassist, percussionist and singer Dalio Arce Vital; bassist, trumpeter and accordionist John Forrest (aka Blackie); bassist and composer Eric Moseholm.
Cellist Denis Van Hecke.
Clarinetist Pete Kennedy; clarinetist, saxophonist, producer and writer Joe Muranyi; clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Lee Childs; clarinetist and composer Tale Ognenovski; clarinetist, saxophonist and bandleader Jacky June; clarinetist, arranger and bandleader Maxim Saury.
Composers Sadao Bekku, Richard Rodney Bennett; composer, pianist, singer, conductor and educator Marvin Hamlisch; composer, arranger, conductor, songwriter and pianist Ivan Lane; composer, lyricist and pianist Billy Barnes; composer, producer and author Ilhan Mimaroğlu; composer, conductor and clarinetist Severino Araújo; composer and trombonist Harry Betts; composer and educator Peter Cork.
Cornetist, pianist, singer and bandleader Ernie Carson.
Drummers Tom Bruno, Ed Cassidy, Bob Dartsch, Robbie France, Charles Hooper, Sonny Igoe, Jimmy "Junebug" Jackson, Eddie Jenkins, Vinnie Johnson, Bobby Malloy, Larance Marable, Tony Marsh, Bruce Morley, Bill Rowe, Pete "La Roca" Sims, Sune Spångberg, Paul van Wageningen; bass drummer and singer Lionel Batiste; drummer, guitarist and singer Osvaldo Fattoruso; drummer and educator Derryl Goes Faber; drummer, composer and performance artist Adam Noidlt (Frank Köllges); drummer, bandleader, composer, arranger and educator Wade Barnes; drummer, percussionist, educator and author Elliot Fine; drummer and educator Frisner Augustin; drummer and comedian Klaus D. Huber; drummer, saxophonist and artist Walter Malli; actor, performance artist, director and drummer Steve Ben Israel; drummer, singer and guitarist Osvaldo Fattoruso; drummer and broadcaster Bob French (Wiki).
Guitarists Mickey Baker, Roland Bautista, Joe Cinderella, Pete Cosey, Jerry Gordon, Rune Gustafsson, Ubaldo de Lío, Hans Samer, Patrick Saussois, Steven Springer, Yomo Toro, Bert Weedon; guitarist, Chapman Stick, Warr guitarist and educator Frank Jolliffe; guitar, mandolin, harmonica and kalimba player Phil Mathieu; mandolin and guitarist and educator John McGann; guitarists and singers Michael Burks (aka Iron Man), Paul Ponnudora,; guitarist and promotor Raúl Abzueta; guitarist and bassist "Mighty" Joe Young; guitarist and educator John Scott Henderson (Louisville-based, not to be confused with the L.A.-based guitarist Scott Henderson); guitarist, singer and songwriter John C. Marshall; guitarist and producer Alex Merck.
Keyboardist, singer, songwriter and producer Larry Butler.
Lyricist Hal David.
Multi-instrumentalist Nitro Deluxe (Manny Scretching Jr.).
Organist Leon Spencer Jr.; organist and composer Jon Lord.
Percussionists Luis Abreu, Manolito González, Manuel Vásquez "Mangüé" Goyoneche, Lala Kovačev, Manuel "Manolo" Labarrera; percussionist, composer, and arranger Ralph Ferraro; percussionist, composer and educator Obo Addy.