Obituary

Elected to the Hall of Fame
None

Obituary's news entries:

  • {parents:file_name}

    Cándido (1921–2020), shown performing in 2008

  • {parents:file_name}

    Drummer Viola Smith died Oct. 21 at the age of 107 in Costa Mesa, California.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Critic and author Stanley Crouch speaks at the 2012 NEA Jazz Masters ceremony.

    Critic Stanley Crouch Dies At 74

    ​If we’re all still struggling to define what “jazz” is—or if it’s even necessary to land on an…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Gary Peacock (1935-2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Mark Colby (1949–2020)

    In Memoriam: Saxophonist Mark Colby

    Saxophonist Mark Colby died Aug. 31 from complications related to cancer, according to an email sent to DownBeat from…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Drummer and jazz educator Charli Persip (1931–2020)

    Drummer Charli Persip Dies at 91

    Drummer Charli Persip, who enjoyed a long career as a drummer and jazz educator, died Aug. 23 at the age of 91,…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Jimmy Cobb (left), Joe Segal and former DownBeat editor Dan Morgenstern appear at a NEA Jazz Masters awards luncheon on April 20, 2015, in New York.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Annie Ross (1930–2020)

    Vocalist Annie Ross Dies At 89

    A brief but fruitful period defined the creative life of vocalist Annie Ross, who died July 21 from emphysema and heart…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Johnny Mandel (1925–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Freddy Cole (1931–2020), seen here performing with the Pittsburgh Jazz Orchestra

    Freddy Cole Dies at 88

    Pianist and singer Freddy Cole—whose performance style frequently was compared to that of his older brother, DownBeat…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Keith Tippett (1947–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Richie Cole (1948–2020)

    Saxophonist Richie Cole Dies At 72

    Richie Cole, a renowned saxophonist who was championed by DownBeat early in his career and whose passion for bebop-era…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Ellis Marsalis performs at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on May 7, 2017.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Eddy Davis (1940–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Henry Grimes (1935–2020)

    Bassist Henry Grimes Dies at 84

    Philadelphia-born bassist Henry Grimes, revered for his work alongside jazz titans, died April 15 at the age of 84,…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Lee Konitz performs at the Blue Note in New York City on Oct. 9, 2017.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Jymie Merritt (1926–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Bassist Andy González, who died April 9, frequently worked with his brother, the trumpeter and percussionist Jerry González (1949–2018).

  • {parents:file_name}

    John (left) and Bucky Pizzarelli (1926–2020)

    Remembering Bucky Pizzarelli

    Acclaimed jazz guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli died on April 1 at age 94. He had suffered health problems, and his son, the…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Ellis Marsalis (1934–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Trumpeter Wallace Roney died Tuesday “due to complications of COVID-19,” according to his publicist.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Manu Dibango (1933–2020)

    In Memoriam: Manu Dibango

    Manu Dibango, the Cameroonian saxophonist who helped expand African music’s global reach by fusing it with jazz,…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Mike Longo (1939–20120)

  • {parents:file_name}

    McCoy Tyner (1938–2020)

    In Memoriam: McCoy Tyner

    A member of the classic John Coltrane quartet of the 1960s, as well as a powerful improviser and potent composer in his…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Jon Christensen (1943–2020)

    In Memoriam: Jon Christensen

    Jon Christensen, the Norwegian drummer who was the backbone for dozens of ECM releases and was widely considered a…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Jimmy Heath (1926–2020)

    In Memoriam: Jimmy Heath

    Jimmy Heath, who died Jan. 19 in Loganville, Georgia, at age 93, was a master of multiple components of the jazz…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Claudio Roditi (1946–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Jimmy Heath (1926–2020)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Before she staked her claim on the Central Avenue jazz scene in Los Angeles, trumpeter Clora Bryant was a featured soloist in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Larry Willis (1942–2019)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Harold Mabern (1936–2019)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Frank Caruso (1948–2019)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Cannonball Adderley (left), Ira Gitler and Dave Brubeck circa 1967

  • {parents:file_name}

    Michel Legrand (1932-2019)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Joseph Jarman (1937–2019)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Yvonne Ervin (1959–2018)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Nancy Wilson (1937–2018)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Eddie C. Campbell (1939–2018)

    In Memoriam: Eddie C. Campbell

    Eddie C. Campbell, a blues vocalist and guitarist who toured the world, died Nov. 20 at his home in Oak Park, Illinois,…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Roy Hargrove (1969–2018)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Otis Rush (1935–2018)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Pianist Randy Weston (1926–2018) performs at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Tomasz Stańko (1942-2018)

    In Memoriam: Tomasz Stańko

    Growing up in post-World War II Poland, trumpeter Tomasz Stańko’s first experienced jazz music as a kind of outsider…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Aretha Franklin (1942–2018)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Eddy Clearwater (1935–2018)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Cecil Taylor—shown here performing in Cologne, Germany, in 1987—died April 5. He was 89.

    In Memoriam: Cecil Taylor

    Trumpeter Eddie Gale only made one album—the legendary 1966 Unit Structures on Blue Note—with pianist Cecil Taylor,…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Ndugu Chancler at the Jazz Education Network conference in San Diego on Jan. 16, 2015.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Born in South Africa in 1939, Hugh Masekela spent 30 years living in exile, before returning in 1990. He lived there for the remainder of his life, maintaining a busy career.

    In Memoriam: Hugh Masekela

    Hugh Masekela, a beloved multi-instrumentalist and activist from South Africa whose long career included a surprise pop…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Roswell Rudd

  • {parents:file_name}

    Louis Prima (left) and Keely Smith

    In Memoriam: Vocalist Keely Smith

    Keely Smith, a vocalist who recorded throughout the 1950s and 1960s alongside Louis Prima and Frank Sinatra, died of…

  • {parents:file_name}

    NEA Jazz Masters David Baker (left), George Avakian, Candido Camero and Joe Wilder pose for a portrait at the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert.

  • {parents:file_name}

    Tommy LiPuma (1936–2017)

    In Memoriam: Tommy LiPuma

    Tommy LiPuma, legendary record executive and producer, died March 13 in New York after a brief illness. He was 80 years…

  • {parents:file_name}

    Victor Bailey (1960–2016)

  • {parents:file_name}

    Naná Vasconcelos (1944–2016)

    In Memoriam: Naná Vasconcelos

    Naná Vasconcelos, the acclaimed percussionist and master of the single-string berimbau, died March 9 from lung cancer…



On Sale Now
December 2020
George Benson
Look Inside
Subscribe
Print | Digital | iPad