"Fred Ho's style is a genre unto itself, a pioneering fusion of free-jazz and traditional Chinese music that manages to combine truculence and delicacy with such natural ease that it sounds positively organic." Larry Birnbaum, Down Beat. After 8 years of a grueling cancer war, Fred Ho peacefully passed away the morning of April 12th, 2014. ...Read More
Wayne Henderson, trombonist and co-founding member of the popular jazz-funk band The Jazz Crusaders (later known as The Crusaders), died Friday, April 4, in Culver City, Calif. The cause of death was heart failure, according to The Crusaders' manager. Henderson was 74. Along with fellow Houston musicians Joe Sample (piano), Wilton Felder (tenor saxophone) and Stix ...Read More
Med Flory, an alto saxophonist and founder of the Grammy-winning jazz group Supersax in addition to being an actor who appeared on numerous TV series, has died. He was 87. His son, Rex, who cared for his father during several years of heart maladies, reported that Flory died Wednesday at his home in North Hollywood. Flory ...Read More
Med Flory, a West Coast jazz saxophonist and actor who in 1972 founded the reed-centric band Supersax that played transcriptions of Charlie Parker solos in tight formation and won a Grammy in 1973, died on March 12. He was 87. Like many West Coast reed players, Med was relentlessly upbeat and easy-going—until he raised the mouthpiece ...Read More
Alto saxophonist Med Flory was best known to the general public as an actor, but jazz listeners are most likely to remember him as the co-founder and leader of Supersax. Flory died this week at the age of 87. He made hundreds of appearances in television shows and a few in motion pictures, usually as characters ...Read More
Iola Whitlock Brubeck, the widow and lifelong collaborator of jazz great Dave Brubeck, died March 12, 2014, at her home after a brave battle with cancer. The University of the Pacific alumna was 90 years old. Mrs. Brubeck earned a bachelor of arts degree in 1945 from College of the Pacific, which became University of the ...Read More
Vocalist and pianist Patti Wicks, who divided her jazz life between New York and Florida for the past 40 years, recording several well-considered albums since the turn of the new century, died from heart failure March 7 in West Palm Beach, Fla. She was 69-years old. Wicks belonged to that rarefied group of performers that include ...Read More
Paco de Lucia, the influential Spanish guitarist who vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco and merged it with other musical styles, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack in Mexico. The 66-year-old virtuoso, as happy playing seemingly impossible syncopated flamenco rhythms as he was improvising jazz or classical guitar, helped to legitimize flamenco in ...Read More
Trebor Tichenor, the St. Louis native who became internationally known as a ragtime pianist and historian, has died. He was 74. An obituary in Tuesday's Post-Dispatch says he died Saturday at Laclede Groves in Webster Groves after having suffered a stroke in December. As pianist for the St. Louis Ragtimers, Tichenor (pictured) was a regular performer ...Read More
An Arbiter of Good Taste in Music, Cuisine, Fashion and People Long-time Festival Public Relations Director April 27, 1919 – January 26, 2014 New York, NY – Charles Bourgeois, who directed public relations efforts for every festival and event produced by music impresario George Wein since the early 1950s, died Sunday, January 26, from injuries suffered ...Read More
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