February Passings

Well-known, maybe should be better-known, pianist Mike Melvoin, and saxophonist Red Holloway, left us this past month.

Veteran jazz and studio session pianist Mike Melvoin was one of those musicians who was heard more than he was known. He was based on the West Coast, and you can read his obituary from the LA Times.

Red Holloway had a long career in jazz and in the early days of R&B. Like Mike Melvoin, Red was based on the West Coast, and there was an obituary in the LA Times. Interesting video of both of these musicians can found on You Tube.

Chicago lost two local veterans, bassist Nick Tountas and pianist Jody Christian. Christian in particular cast a long shadow.

Here in Boston we mourn Artie Barsamian. Local guitarist and Berklee professor John Baboian has written, “Artie Barsamian was one of the great gentlemen in our business and I got to play in his bands for almost the past quarter century.  As age catches up to us all, his playing had lost some of it’s luster in the past couple of years, but, the last gig that we played together in December, he was playing better than ever.  Artie will be missed by his fellow musicians and by his fans.”

“Artie Barsamian joined the celestial big band on Wednesday after a very brief bout with leukemia.  He had been active and well at his retirement home in Orlando, Florida, right up until last Saturday.”