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A MEMORY OF BENNY CARTER by Scotty Barnhart: Today, I learned of the passing of legendary Jazz saxophonist, trumpeter, composer, arranger, and bandleader Benny Carter. He died here in Los Angeles yesterday (July 12) and he was 95. Sadly, another Jazz legend and great man has left us… I first met Benny back around 1997 when he accompanied us (Basie) on a tour in Europe for two weeks. He did many recordings with Basie back in the 50s and 60s (The Kansas City Suite, From The Pen Of Benny Carter, and the recent Mosaic reissues which are out of print) and we were playing his music every night. In fact, we still do today. To hear him play each night in a different city was amazing. Even more amazing was that this giant of a man was the most unassuming person you could ever meet….
LOS ANGELES - Jazz great Benny Carter, a master of melodic invention on the alto saxophone who also was a renowned composer, instrumentalist, orchestra leader and arranger, has died, friends said Sunday. He was 95. Carter died Saturday, after being hospitalized for about two weeks with bronchitis and other problems, said family friend and publicist Virginia Wicks. "A big, big person walked out of the room yesterday," said friend and producer Quincy Jones (news). "A great human being." Carter was largely self-taught as a musician, playing both saxophone and trumpet before becoming a bandleader in the late 1920s. In a career that spanned more than six decades, he was considered among the top altoist’s in jazz. He performed with or wrote music for nearly all of jazz's early greats, including Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Dizzy Gillespie.
Herbie Mann, a versatile jazz flutist whose restless search for new sounds took him around the world and influenced a generation of musicians, has died at 73.
Maurice Rosenthal, a French composer and conductor who was a student of Ravel and a vigorous champion of French composers from Offenbach to Messiaen, died on June 5 at his home in Paris. He was 98.
Matthew Sperry, bassist…Accomplished Oakland musician
Matthew Sperry, who most recently played bass for the San
Francisco stage production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, was hit by a car and killed Thursday morning while riding
his bicycle on the Oakland/Emeryville border.
Barry Cunnane, a part-time actor died Saturday afternoon after being shot once in the head while walking in Ravenswood.
(This just in from Chuck Christiansen) Leonard Pirani
died on Friday, May 23, 2003 in a Chicago hospital where
he had been for 2 1/2 weeks following a heart attack. There is to be a memorial service at Westchester, Illinois, Community Church, on June 8 at 6pm. (1840 Westchester Blvd. Cermak, 1/2 block east of Mannheim.) Lenny was a great guy and a great player. I'll miss him. Hash
Do you have a bit more obit information - nothing came up in a web search. Rebecca.
No, I just got this tonight. He was only a local guy, not famous, but a nice guy. There are a lot of the older cats that would want to know that he's gone. He lived in Maywood, I think, so the info might not be in the Chicago papers. Hash.
What instrument is he playing on higher plains? Rebecca
He was a piano player. His brother Dennis is a wonderful alto player. Hash
2003/05/09 Jack Gelber, ‘Connection’ Playwright, Dies at 71 <--press
Jack Gelber, whose play "The Connection," with its raw, graphic depiction of the dead-end life of drug addicts, sent a shock wave through contemporary American theater, died yesterday in Manhattan. He was 71 and lived in Manhattan. Mr. Gelber was born in Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois. Coming to New York in the mid-1950's, he got a job operating a mimeograph machine at the United Nations. He had many friends who were jazz musicians, and having become involved with a small theater company, he decided to write a play that would combine his interest in jazz and theater.
Jerome Rusch, 59, A Los Angeles-based jazz trumpeter,
composer and recording artist, died Monday
Jerome A. "Jerry" Rusch, 59, a Los Angeles-based jazz trumpeter, composer and recording artist, died Monday of liver cancer at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Rusch played or recorded with Louie Belson, Ray Charles, Teddy Edwards, Joe Henderson, Stan Kenton, Gladys Knight, the Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, the Temptations, Gerald Wilson Big Band and many others.
2003/04/21 Nina Simone, 70, Soulful Diva and Voice of Civil Rights, Dies <--press
Nina Simone, a singer whose distinctively emotional style blended elements of jazz,
gospel, blues, European art song and other influences, died yesterday.
2003/04/20 Teddy Edwards, 78, Deft Star of Los Angeles Jazz Scene, Dies <--press
Teddy Edwards was a deft and soulful saxophonist who was a mainstay of the Southern California
jazz scene and played what is said to be the first recorded bebop solo on tenor saxophone.
2003/04/20 Walter Fuller, a Trumpeter Who Sought Rights, Dies at 93 <--press
SAN DIEGO, April 29 — Walter Fuller, a jazz trumpeter who was believed to be the last surviving member of the band of Earl Hines and who pushed for civil rights on the San Diego jazz scene in the 1940's, died here on April 20. He was 93. Born in Dyersburg, Tenn., Mr. Fuller grew up in Chicago and was influenced by Louis Armstrong. He joined Hines in 1930 and was credited with helping form the band's sound. He sang and scatted on the band's 1933 hit "Rosetta," which became his signature tune and nickname.
2003/04/19 Cholly Atkins, 89, Dancer and Choreographer, Dies <--press
Cholly Atkins, a superb dancer who brought the polished precision of his legendary tap act with Honi Coles
to choreographing the sassy, synchronized moves of the most celebrated Motown performers, died on Saturday
in Las Vegas, where he lived. He was 89. When groups like the Temptations, the Shirelles and Smokey Robinson
and the Miracles raised and lowered their arms in unison, spun in up-tempo pivots and sashayed through theatrical
entrances and exits, they were following the choreography of Mr. Atkins. And when the Supremes forcefully raised
their right hands in "Stop! In the Name of Love," it was he who devised the act. But orchestrating the movements
of Motown was only one fancy step in a lifelong dance. Mr. Atkins also choreographed the performers at the Cotton Club
and the Apollo Theater in Harlem and toured as a dancer with Count Basie and Louis Armstrong. As half of the duo
Coles and Atkins, he virtually defined "class act," the term for a routine distinguished by deceptively easy dignity. As a
teacher, he also worked with an eager young Sammy Davis Jr., whom he had to prevent from jumping out before his cue.
2003/04/17 Blues Giant Earl King Leaves Stage in Grand Old Jazz Funeral <-- press
Outrageously feathered dancers twirled along Canal Street today, and somber dirges alternated with jubilant Dixieland stomps as New Orleans staged an old-style jazz funeral on a grand scale. The body of rhythm-and-blues titan Earl King, who died on April 17 at 69, was pulled along the streets at midday in a horse-drawn hearse. A throng of marchers followed the coffin, among them fans, local musical heroes and delighted tourists with video cameras. "Earl is the only one who could get a crowd out at this time of morning," the trumpeter and songwriter Dave Bartholomew said as he surveyed the parade.
Jack Maher, who served more than three decades as publisher of respected jazz
magazine Down Beat
and its parent company, Maher Publications, has died. He was 78. Maher was credited with transforming Down Beat
into a leading forum on jazz, with a roster of writers who included Leonard Feather, Nat Hentoff, Dan Morgenstern,
Ralph Gleason and Ira Gitler. Maher immediately changed a number of his father's policies, including one, which
had frowned on putting pictures of black musicians on Down Beat's cover. "The cover is the vehicle used to get
potential readers into the magazine," Maher said in 1994. "Down Beat has always championed jazz, which has
meant championing African-American musicians."
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2003/02/02 Ruby Braff, 75 an Old Style Jazz Trumpeter Is Dead <--press
In loving memory, Columbia
2003/02/01 Mongo Santamaria, 85, Influential Jazz Percussionist, Dies <--press
and the rhythms remain and sustain...
2003/01/11 William Russo, Composer and a Leader in Jazz Repertory, Dies at 74 <--press
William Russo, 74, Chicago Jazz Ensemble Founder <--press
He always featured the brass a bit more than the sax, but he was a very interesting man.
I only spoke with him a few times when attending the Jazz Showcase Monday night
features of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and his very coolly put together Ellington tributes.
2002/12/05 Arvell Shaw, Jazz Bassist, Dies at 79 By DOUGLAS MARTIN <--press
He was among the passengers on the 2nd week of Caribbean jazz cruisin'.
He gladly signed my birthday calendar of entertainers (the title of which is slightly
modified from jazz musicians or musicians after including actors and
actresses and movie producers last Saturday) even though he had to ask where
September 15th was because of his blindness - I was thrilled. I gave him a kiss
on his cheek and said thank you.
2002/12/05 BOB BERG <-website Bob
Berg, tenor sax was killed in a traffic accident yesterday <-article
2002/12/02 MAL WALDRON <-website With great sadness to inform you of the passing of Mal Waldron <-email archive
2002/11/13 SIR ROLAND HANNA <-website I remember seeing Roland Hanna in Detroit <article archive
2002/10/18 Alec Ramsdel, Chicago pianist
2002/10/13 Sonny Seals, Chicago saxman
2002/10/13 Evette Smith Jazz Showcase Staff