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Cousin Mary: Keeper of the Coltrane Legacy (1927-2019)

Cousin Mary: Keeper of the Coltrane Legacy (1927-2019)

Mary Lyerly Alexander was born July 23, 1927 to Bettie Blair Lyerly and Goler Lyerly in High Point, North Carolina. An only child, Mary and her parents lived as an extended family with her first cousin, saxophonist John W. Coltrane, his parents and their maternal grandparents. Her grandfather, Rev. William Wilson Blair, an activist who was ...

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Bob Wilber, RIP

Bob Wilber, RIP

We have learned that the superlative clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Bob Wilber died at his home in England earlier this month. He was 91. Wilber studied with the New Orleans reed pioneer Sidney Bechet and spent decades extending the Bechet legacy. Unusual among those who specialize in traditional music, Wilber also became adept in the bebop ...

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Arno Marsh (1928-2019)

Arno Marsh (1928-2019)

Arno Marsh, a big band tenor saxophonist who recorded almost exclusively with Woody Herman's Third Herd in the 1950s and cited Chu Berry and Stan Getz among his major influences, died on July 12. He was 91. In addition to his work with Herman, Arno led a band in his home town of Grand Rapids, Mich., ...

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João Gilberto (1931-2019)

João Gilberto (1931-2019)

João Gilberto, whose chiffon-soft vocal covers of Brazilian colleagues' songs, his romantic guitar arrangements and intoxicating rhythms helped the bossa nova gain worldwide attention in 1959, died July 6. He was 88. The bossa nova had been played in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, since 1957, when Antonio Carlo Jobim, Carlo Lyra, Sylvia Telles, Johnny Alf, Roberto Menescal ...

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Doris Day (1922-2019)

Doris Day (1922-2019)

Doris Day, whose melting pop vocals on records and pert sunny image in movies in the 1940s, '50s and '60s made her both a successful multimedia star and a national dart board, died May 13. She was 97. While Day's image was an ideal for many American women coming of age after World War II, it also ...

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Beth Carvalho (1946-2014)

Beth Carvalho  (1946-2014)

Beth Carvalho, one of Brazil's most beloved singers whose zesty, alto voice neatly engaged the booming churn of the samba, died in Rio de Janeiro on April 30. She was 72. On her many albums dating back to 1969, Carvalho's vocals surfed the samba's percussion and driving guitar perfectly. Her lilting vocals coasted atop the heavy samba ...

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Music Sync Is Ripe For Change [Mark Mulligan]

Music Sync Is Ripe For Change [Mark Mulligan]

Music sync is ripe for innovation and change, says MIDiA's Mark Mulligan, after extensive research of the sector, The number of music syncs is higher than ever and more platforms are seeking new music, but the market with a host of structural challenges. By Mark Mulligan of MIDia and the Music Industry Blog Florence and the Machine’s performance ...

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Dave Samuels, RIP

Dave Samuels, RIP

The family of vibraphonist Dave Samuels has confirmed that he died in New York City on April 22. Best known for his association with the jazz-fusion band Spyro Gyra, Samuels had battled a long illness. His family did not disclose the cause of death. A Grammy award winner, Samuels was best known for more than three decades ...

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Hal Blaine (1929-2019)

Hal Blaine (1929-2019)

Hal Blaine, a prolific Los Angeles session drummer most closely associated with the Wrecking Crew, a tightly knit group of studio musicians in the 1960s and '70s who added a professional studio sound behind thousands of recordings by pop-rock groups and stars, died on March 11. He was 90. Hal played on 40 #1 hit singles, 150 ...

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Ed Bickert (1932-2019)

Ed Bickert (1932-2019)

Ed Bickert, a Canadian jazz guitarist whose highly tasteful chord voicings and juicy sense of harmony made him a first-choice gig and recording sideman and leader in Toronto, and who today is considered one of jazz's finest guitar accompanists, died on February 28. He was 86. Bickert was a favorite of guitarist Jim Hall and was most ...