History of Jazz Timeline: 1987
Bassist Jaco Pastorius dies on September 21 from injuries suffered when he is severely
beaten by a bar bouncer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Miles Davis and Marcus Miller record the soundtrack for Siesta (Warner),
dedicated to Gil Evans.
Pharoah Sanders records Africa (Timeless), drawing from his experience with John
Impulse! releases Michael Brecker's self-titled record with Pat Metheny on guitar, Charlie
Haden on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Kenny Kirkland on keyboards.
Sax, flute and keyboard player Greg Osby (formerly of M-BASE) debuts as a leader with
Greg Osby and Sound Theatre (JMT), featuring Michele
Rosewoman on piano, Fusako Yoshida on koto, Kevin McNeal on guitar, Lonnie Plaxico on
bass, and Paul Samuels and Terri Lyne Carrington on drums.
Guitarist Mike Stern records Time in Place (Atlantic) with Bob Berg and Michael
Brecker on tenor sax, Don Grolnick on organ, Jim Beard on keyboards, Jeff Andrews on
bass, Peter Erskine on drums, and Don Alias on percussion.
Woody Herman dies on October 29. Herman led big bands his entire life with sidemen
including Stan Getz, Milt Jackson, Bill Harris, and Davey Tough.
CD's are becoming commonplace in record stores. Soon they will make vinyl records almost obsolete.
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