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Obituary is one of the pioneering bands of the death metal genre. The band came from Tampa, Florida, and was founded as Xecutioner in 1985. In 1988, shortly before the release of its first album "Slowly We Rot", they changed their name to Obituary. It still remains an influential band of the Florida death metal movement that arose in the late 1980s. The 1990 release "Cause of Death" has been described as a seminal album in the genre, and vocalist John Tardy is recognized as one of the first vocalists to use an abnormally low growl (compared to the screechy growls used by predecessors Death and Possessed)

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Tribute To Angela Bofill - Livestreamed funeral mass set for Friday, June 28, 2024 at 1pm Pacific time on St. Dominic’s Catholic Church's YouTube channel in Benicia, CA

Tribute To Angela Bofill - Livestreamed funeral mass set for Friday, June 28, 2024 at 1pm Pacific time on St. Dominic’s Catholic Church's YouTube channel in Benicia, CA

On June 13, 2024, jazz/R&B/pop singer-songwriter Angela Bofill's death at 70 years old was announced in a post on Angela Bofill’s Facebook page by Rich Engel—her long-time friend and manager: “On behalf of my dear friend Angie, I am saddened to announce her passing on the morning of June 13th.” Angela Bofill passed away at the ...

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John Pisano (1931-2024)

John Pisano (1931-2024)

John Pisano, a Los Angeles studio guitarist who began recording in the mid-1950s and was so proficient that he appeared on some of jazz's finest chamber jazz recordings and pop's flashiest hits, died May 2. He was 93. [Photo above of John Pisano] Pisano, like dozens of other excellent Italian jazz guitarists of the era who ...

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Bill Holman: (1927-2024)

Bill Holman: (1927-2024)

Willis “Bill" Holman, a three-time Grammy-winning arranger, composer and saxophonist and one of the last-surviving orchestrators who shaped West Coast jazz in the early 1950s, died May 6 in his sleep of natural causes. He was 96. Influenced most by Gerry Mulligan's arranging and the sound of Count Basie's band, Bill began writing for Kenton just ...

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Michael Cuscuna: 1948-2024

Michael Cuscuna: 1948-2024

Michael Cuscuna, a titan in the world of jazz, passed away on April 20, 2024, leaving behind a legacy that will resonate for generations. Michael is survived by his wife Lisa, his children, Max and his wife Jackie, and Lauren, and two grandchildren, Nicolas and Penelope Cuscuna. His passing leaves a void in the hearts of ...

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Carlos Lyra (1933-2023)

Carlos Lyra (1933-2023)

Carlos Lyra, a Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist, and one of the fathers of the bossa nova who, with Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, Luiz Bonfá, Roberto Menescal and Ronaldo Bôscoli, among others, turned a new form of middle-class aspirational music into a global sensation, died in Rio de Janeiro on December 16. He was 90. ...

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Les McCann (1935-2023)

Les McCann (1935-2023)

Les McCann, a self-taught soul-jazz pianist and singer whose essence and feel were deeply rooted in the black church of his youth and the bars in black neighborhoods where jukeboxes were stocked with early soul-pop and blues singers such as Al Hibbler, Arthur Prysock, Ray Charles. Brook Benton, Clyde McPhatter and Floyd Dixon, died on December ...

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Carla Bley: 1936-2023

Carla Bley: 1936-2023

Carla Bley, a pianist, composer and arranger who carved out her own niche in avant-garde jazz, creating a singular musical style that was both daring and distinctly tender, died on October 17. She was 87. During my interview with Carla for The Wall Street Journal in 2020, she was remarkably open and almost journalistic recalling her ...

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Tony Bennett (1926-2023)

Tony Bennett (1926-2023)

For me, Tony Bennett's passing was personal. Since 2011, I interviewed the singer five different times for The Wall Street Journal, four at his art studio overlooking Central Park. Each time was a revelation, from the interview we did sitting in close quarters on a sofa to the last in 2018, when his Alzheimer's was already ...

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João Donato (1934-2023)

João Donato (1934-2023)

João Donato, one of Brazil's original bossa nova pianist-composers who stood out among a sea of extraordinarily talented peers by integrating jazz and Latin chord voicings and rhythms into his playing style, died on July 17. He was 88. Donato's contemporaries included Brazilian musician-composers Johnny Alf, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Lyra, Roberto Menescal, João Gilberto, Eumir ...


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