BoMuse News Jan. 2021 EXTRA

BoMuse News, vol. 20, no. 1 EXTRA

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1. Grammys Postponed
2. Passings
1. This just in from The Recording Academy (NARAS):

“After thoughtful conversations with health experts, our host and artists scheduled to appear, we are rescheduling the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards to be broadcast Sunday, March 14, 2021. The deteriorating COVID situation in Los Angeles, with hospital services being overwhelmed, ICUs having reached capacity, and new guidance from state and local governments have all led us to conclude that postponing our show was the right thing to do. Nothing is more important than the health and safety of those in our music community and the hundreds of people who work tirelessly on producing the show.”

2. In addition to the elders on this list, whom we would not be surprised to mourn, there are too many who have left us too soon, mostly due to COVID-19. As George Klein of RadioFreeAmsterdam said in sharing this list he compiled, there are no doubt others of the jazz community, and the music community in general, who are missing; musicians who were valued members of their local communities. Of course, in noting these lives well lived, our hearts go out to everyone mourning all those who passed in this pandemic last year, and are dying daily as I write this.

Thanks again to George Klein for assembling this list.

•Neil Peart 1/7 Drummer, songwriter for Canadian rock band Rush; 67
•Claudio Roditi 1/17 Brazilian trumpeter at home in modern mainstream jazz; 73
•Jimmy Heath 1/19 Major saxophonist in modern jazz & in Heath Brothers; 93
•Robert Parker 1/20 New Orleans singer, saxophonist , who wrote “Barefootin’”; 89
•Lucien Barbarin 1/30 New Orleans trombonist with distinctive growl;’ 63
•Lyle Mays 2/10 Keyboardist best known for work with Pat Metheny; 66
•Joseph Shabalala 2/11 Founder of Ladysmith Black Mambazo; 78
•Jon Christensen 2/18 Norwegian drummer often on ECM Records; 76
•Bill Smith 2/29 Clarinetist in classical & jazz who played often with Brubeck; 93
•McCoy Tyner 3/6 More than Coltrane’s pianist; 81
•Marcelo Peralta 3/10 Argentine saxophonist – of Covid; 59
•Oliver Stokes Jr (Go DJ Black n Mild) 3/19 New Orleans Bounce artist/radio dj, of Covid; 44
•Kenny Rogers 3/20 Country & pop music star; 81
•Ronald Lewis 3/20 New Orleans historian of black masking & parades, of Covid; 68
•Ray Mantilla 3/21 Versatile latin/jazz percussionist; 85
•Eric Weisberg 3/22 Progressive bluegrass banjoist known for Dueling Banjos; 80
•Mike Longo 3/22 Pianist, longtime musical director for Dizzy – of Covid; 83
•Manu Dibango 3/24 Afro-jazz saxophonist based in Paris – of Covid; 86
•Freddy Rodriguez Sr 3/25 Denver-based saxophone legend -of covid; 89
•Rev Joseph Lowry 3/27 Essential civil rights activist; 98
•Bill Withers 3/30 Soulful singer & songweiter; 81
•Wallace Roney 3/31 Renowned trumpeter inspired by Miles, of Covid; 59
•Adam Schlesinger 4/1 Pop-rock songwriter, of Covid; 52
•Ellis Marsalis 4/1 Pianist, patriarch of Marsalis musical family, of Covid; 85
•Bucky Pizzarelli 4/1 Guitarist who spanned history of jazz guitar, of Covid; 94
•Hal Wilner 4/6 Producer for Sat Night Live, other projects, of Covid; 64
•Onaje Allan Gumbs 4/6 Versatile pianist in bop & smooth styles; 70
•John Prine 4/7 Renowned folk-country singer-songwriter, of Covid; 73
•Eddie Davis 4/7 Trad jazz banjoist often associated with Woody Allen, of Covid; 79
•Peter Ecklund 4/8 Cornetist in various pop rock & trad jazz bands; 74
•Andy Gonzalez 4/9 Bassist in innovative NY Latin bands; 69
•Jymie Merritt 4/10 Strong hard bop bassist with Art Blakey , Lee Morgan, many others; 93
•Jose Torres 4/12 Owner of Joe’s Place in Bronx, for salsa music, of Covid; 73
•Rio Kawasaki 4/13 Guitarist & guitar synth innovator; 73
•Lee Konitz 4/15 Renowned alto sax master of intense cool improv – of Covid; 92
•Henry Grimes 4/15 Free jazz bassist who returned to activity after years of absence, of Covid; 84
•Giuseppi Logan 4/17 Saxophonist active in 60’s free jazz, of Covid; 84
•Bootsie Barnes 4/22 Hard bop tenor sax, based in Philly, of Covid; 82
•Big Al Carson 4/26 New Orleans blues singer & versatile musician; 66
•Danny Leake 4/27 Renowned studio & concert audio engineer; 69
•Tony Allen 4/30 Nigerian drummer who developed Afro Beat; 79
•Richie Cole 5/2 Mainstream alto sax master; 72
•Jesse Hawthorn 5/2 WWOZ host known as Midnight Creeper & Brother Jesse, of Covid; 71
•Frederick Tillis 5/3 Saxophonist and composer who combined African-American & European elements, also a long-time faculty member at UMass Amherst; 90
•Alfred “Uganda” Roberts 5/5 New Orleans percussionist w/Prof Longhair, many others; 77
•Little Richard 5/9 Richard Penniman, architect of rock & roll; 87
•Betty Wright 510 R&B, soul icon; 66
•Randy Falcon 5/23 Renowned Cajun accordion maker; 69
•Jimmy Cobb 5/24 Kind of Blue drummer for Miles, many others; 91
•Lennie Niehaus 5/28 W Coast alto sax, composer, arranger w/Kenton; music for films; 90
•Gloria Denard 5/30 Vocalist, founder of jazz education school in E. Harlem; 93
•Robert Northern aka Brother Ah 5/31 French hornist in orchestra, exploring jazz, classical, spiritual music; 86
•Art Hoyle 6/4 Versatile Chicago-based trumpeter; 90
•Bonnie Pointer 6/8 a founding member of gospel & r&b group The Pointer Sisters; 69
•Keith Tippett 6/14British keyboardist in King Crimson, various jazz & rock; 72
•Vera Lynn 6/18 British singer who inspired WWII troops; 103
•Blaine Kern Sr. 6/25 Mr Mardi Gras. Float builder for many Mardi Gras crews; 93
•Edward Anderson 6/25 New Orleans trumpeter, record label owner & educator; 54
•Tami Lynn 6/26 Soul & gospel singer from New Orleans; 77
•Freddy Cole 6/27 Pianist & vocalist , member of Cole family including Nat & Ike; 88
•Johnny Mandel 6/29 Composer, arranger of jazz, music for film; 94
•Cleveland Eaton 7/5 Bassist with Ramsey Lewis, Count Basie, others; 80
•Ennio Norricone 7/6 Composer of distinctive music for films, including westerns; 91
•Charlie Daniels 7/6 Country-rock bandleader, star; 83
•Eddie Gale 7/10 Trumpeter, jazz educator, activist; 78
•Gilbert Matthews 7/20 S. African drummer also active in Europe & US; 77
•Annie Ross 7/21 Vocalist, actress, NEA Jazz Master; 89
•Helen Jones Woods 7/25 Trombonist w/ Int’l Sweethearts of Rhythm, of Covid; 96
•Peter Green 7/25 Guitarist & co-founder of Fleetwood Mac; 73
•Salome Bey 8/8 Soulful jazz, blues, gospel singer, sister of Andy Bey; 86
•Joe Segal 8/10 Longtime owner of Jazz Showcase in Chicago, NEA Jazz Master; 94
•Trini Lopez 8/11 Pop-Latin singer , guitarist, of Covid; 83
•Steve Grossman 8/13 Versatile fusion & post-bop saxophonist; 69
•Hal “Cornbread” Singer 8/18 Jazz, r&b saxophonist. Last survivor of 1921 Tulsa race massacre; 100
•Bryan Lee 8/20 Blind blues guitarist & singer, longtime fixture in New Orleans; 77
•Charlie Persip 8/23 Drummer, bandleader, educator; 91
•Justin Townes Earle 8/23 Country-Americana singer, songwriter, 38
•Ronnie Kole 8/27 Popular pianist based in New Orleans; 89
•Willis Prudhomme 8/31 Durable Louisiana zydeco accordionist; 88
•Sylvester Francis 9/1 Keeper of NOLA Black culture in Backstreet Cultural Museum; 73
•Gary Peacock 9/4 Innovative, forward looking bassist with many greats; 85
•Bruce Williamson 9/6 Singer with Temptations, of Covid; 49
•Frederick “Toots” Hibbert 9/11 Reggae pioneer with The Maytals, possibly of Covid; 77
•Reggie Johnson 9/11 Durable bassist with many mainstream & avant players; 79
•Stanley Crouch 9/16 Combative critic of jazz, black culture; 74
•Jack Simpson 9/19 Radio host of Jazz on the Beach since 1967; 96
•Ira Sullivan 9/21 Versatile multi-instrumentalist bop master; 89
•Juliette Greco 9/23 Actress & singer of Chanson Francaise; 93,
•Helen Reddy 9/29 Singer of 70’s feminist hit I Am Woman; 78
•Eddie Van Halen 10/6 Rock guitar legend; 65
•Johnny Nash 10/6 Pop singer, also helped introduce reggae in US; 80
•Mohammad Reza Shajarian 10/9 Iranian master singer of traditional Persian music; 80
•Joe Rico 10/10 Influential jazz broadcaster in Buffalo NY, 96
•John Gibson 10/11 Minimalist saxophonist w/Phillip Glass; 80
•Harold Betters 10/11 Versatile trombonist based in Pittsburgh; 92
•Viola Smith 10/21 Swing era drummer, leader of all-girl Coquettes; 107
•Candido Camero 11/7 Percussionist at center of Afro-Cuban jazz; 99
•Ian Finkel 11/16 ‘World’s Greatest Xylophonist’ from borscht belt to philharmonic – of Covid; 72
•Layton Thibodeaux 12/2 Cajun musician, law enforcement officer & radio host, St. Landry Parish LA – of Covid; 66
•Charley Pride 12/12 Country music trailblazer – of Covid; 86
•“Blue” Gene Tyranny (Robert Sheff) 12/12 Pianist, composer who explored intersections of rock, jazz, classical; 75
•Nadi Quamr (Spaulding Givens) 12/13 Pianist & Afromusicologist; 103
•Gypsy Lou Webb 12/13 French Quarter bohemian & publisher of beat generation authors; 104
•Jeff Clayton 12/16 Saxophonist, teacher, co-leader of Clayton Bros Quintet, Clayton-Hamilton Orch; 65
•Stanley Cowell 12/17 Pianist, composer, educator, creative collaborator; 79
•Debbie Duncan 12/18 Singer from Detroit, based in Minneapolis; 69
•Rebecca Luker 12/23 Broadway musical star -of ALS & Covid; 59
•Tony Rice 12/26 Flat-pick guitarist, bluegrass innovator; 69
•Armando Manzanero 12/28 Mexican singer & composer of romantic songs -of Covid; 85
•Alto Reed 12/29 Detroit saxophonist with Bob Seger; 72
•Frank Kimbrough 12/30 Creative pianist active in new music & mainstay of Maria Schneider Orch; 64
•Claude Jean Harry Bolling, pianist, composer and bandleader, born 10 April 1930; died 29 December 2020.


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