The Artists We Lost in 2019

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From jazz pianists and r&b firebrands to avant-garde stalwarts, DownBeat offers a look back at some of the musicians, artists and writers we lost during 2019.

Ginger Baker (1939–2019)

Clora Bryant (1927–2019)

Frank Caruso (1948–2019)

Dr. John (1941–2019)

João Gilberto (1931–2019)

Ira Gitler (1928–2019)

Joseph Jarman (1937–2019)

Michel Legrand (1932–2019)

Harold Mabern (1936–2019)

Ken Nordine (1948–2019)

Larry Willis (1942–2019)



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    John Pizzarelli hit the woodshed, literally, to develop material for his new recording Better Days Ahead: Solo Guitar Takes On Pat Metheny.

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    This year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival has been canceled. It was scheduled to take place in October.

  • DB21_08_P018-023_Chick_Corea_Artist_of_the_Year_sussman_BlueNote_NYC__5_Piece_band_DSC7772_lo_res.jpg

    Corea was named Artist, Pianist and Keyboardist of the Year for the final time in the 69th Annual DownBeat Critics Poll.

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    Carla Bley, the 2021 critics’ choice for the DownBeat Hall of Fame

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    Squint is Julian Lage’s debut on Blue Note Records.


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