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Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus, Chapter 2

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus, Chapter 2

Here is part two of our chronological listing of jazz-related COVID-19 deaths from the novel coronavirus, updated as we receive them. Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember the musical legacies they have given us. Tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes, a Philadelphia jazz legend, died April 22. He was 82. His many ...

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Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus (updated)

Jazz musicians silenced by coronavirus (updated)

Here's a listing of jazz-related deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), updated as we receive them. Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember the musical legacies they have given us. Argentina-born jazz saxophonist Marcelo Peralta, died in Madrid on March 10. He was 59. Peralta moved to Spain in 1996. Congolese ...

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Lee Konitz (1927-2020)

Lee Konitz (1927-2020)

Lee Konitz, an alto saxophonist who helped develop an East Coast jazz style in the late 1940s that writers labeled “cool jazz" and went on to establish a sound in Stan Kenton's early 1950s orchestra while exploring free jazz in small groups throughout his career, died on April 15. He was 92. Lee's cool jazz was ...

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Lee Konitz, 1927-2020

Lee Konitz, 1927-2020

Lee Konitz died today in a New York City hospital. He was 92. Known primarily for the individualism of his alto saxophone work, Konitz in his later years also played soprano saxophone. Using aspects of phrasing, rhythm and tonal quality adapted from the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young, Konitz in the 1940s developed into one of ...

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Betty Bennett (1921-2020)

Betty Bennett (1921-2020)

Betty Bennett, who in the 1940s sang with bands led by Alvino Rey, Claude Thornhill and Charlie Ventura before moving to Los Angeles and recording vocal albums for Trend, Atlantic, United Artists and Kapp, died April 7. She was 98. Betty was married to bassist Iggy Shevak, pianist Andre Previn and guitarist Mundell Lowe. Betty left ...

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Ellis Marsalis Is Gone

Ellis Marsalis Is Gone

The death this week of Ellis Marsalis recalls dozens of enounters with him when he was one of New Orleans’ premier jazz musicians. Long before Ellis became famous as the father of Wynton, Branford, Jason and Delfeo, he established himself as a nonpareil pianist and educator. I remember hearing the the young Marsalis when he was ...

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Ellis Marsalis (1934-2020)

Ellis Marsalis (1934-2020)

Ellis Marsalis, an elegant jazz pianist who chose to remain in his native New Orleans for much of his career while raising a family that included musician sons Wynton, Branford, Delfeayo and Jason, died on April 1. He was 85.  Marsalis wasn't widely known among jazz fans outside of New Orleans for many years, largely because ...

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Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

Prolific Austin composer, first call pianist Rich Harney dies suddenly at 66

jny: Austin is mourning the loss of one of its finest and most beloved musicians, pianist Rich Harney. Harney passed away on January 5, 2020, just before a Sunday night trio gig at The Elephant Room. Born in Champaign, Illinois, Harney was a prolific composer first inspired by the recordings of Oscar Peterson. Influences include Thelonious ...

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McCoy Tyner (1938-2020)

McCoy Tyner (1938-2020)

McCoy Tyner, whose hypnotically churning and thunderous piano behind John Coltrane's saxophone in the 1960s, starting with My Favorite Things in 1961, altered the evolution of the jazz keyboard, died on March 6. He was 81. Tyner's stampede-like approach and vast use of modal scales created a new approach on the jazz piano, breaking with the ...

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Jimmy Heath And Claudio Roditi Are Gone

Jimmy Heath And Claudio Roditi Are Gone

The last thing any of us at Rifftides wants is for our endeavor to become an obituary service. Life goes on, however, as does its opposite. So we continue to note the passing of musicians who have enriched listeners around the world. Recently, we lost American saxophonist, bandleader and composer Jimmy Heath and Brazil’s Claudio Roditi, ...


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