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Ron Crotty, Bassist, 1929-2015

Ron Crotty, Bassist, 1929-2015

Following yesterday’s post about recently deceased musicians, a Rifftides reader who identifies himself only as Derrick sent a message: I just heard that Ron Crotty, the original bassist of The Dave Brubeck Quartet, died just a few days ago, too, but I have not seen anything written about it. Which leads me to ask, has Ron ...

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Bruce Lundvall, Longtime Blue Note President, Dies At 79

Bruce Lundvall, Longtime Blue Note President, Dies At 79

It's with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved music man & longtime President of Blue Note Records, Bruce Lundvall. He was 79 years old. The cause was complications from a prolonged battle with Parkinson’s disease. Born in Englewood, New Jersey in 1935, Bruce was a lifelong jazz lover whose passion for the music ...

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Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records Veteran, Beloved Jazz Executive, Dead at 79

Bruce Lundvall, Blue Note Records Veteran, Beloved Jazz Executive, Dead at 79

Among his Grammy-winning signings: Norah Jones, Herbie Hancock and Bobby McFerrin. Bruce Lundvall, the former CEO of Blue Note Records and a key figure in jazz music, has died. He was 79 years old. Lundvall had been living in a senior assisted living center in New Jersey for complications related to his battle with Parkinson's, according ...

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B.B. King (1925-2015)

B.B. King (1925-2015)

It was bitter cold in 2011 as I waited for B.B. King's two tour buses to arrive at the Independence Events Center just outside of Kansas City. It was early January and one of those florescent late afternoons where everything seems to be in black and white and the sun takes a slide at 3:30. When ...

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Marty Napoleon (1921-2015)

Marty Napoleon (1921-2015)

Marty Napoleon, a stride pianist who was as at home playing New Orleans and Chicago jazz as he was swing and who played with numerous bands and ensembles from the 1940s on, most notably Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, died on April 27. He was 93. [Photo above of Marty Napoleon and his late wife, ...

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Jazz FM Chairman Richard Wheatly Dies, Aged 69

Jazz FM Chairman Richard Wheatly Dies, Aged 69

It is with great sadness we announce that Richard Wheatly died earlier this week, following a short illness. Richard had been an integral part of Jazz FM for many years and is responsible for shaping the brand you know and love today. Following an impressive career in global advertising, Richard joined Jazz FM as Managing Director ...

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Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald Leaves Behind Massive Legacy That Lives On In Music, Life & Through The Love Of Others

Jazz Gallery Founder Dale Kelley Fitzgerald Leaves Behind Massive Legacy That Lives On In Music, Life & Through The Love Of Others

THE JAZZ GALLERY PLANS ARE UNDERWAY FOR A CELEBRATION IN THE SPIRIT OF DALE FITZGERALD IN COMING MONTHS THE GABRIEL FITZGERALD EDUCATION FUND IS FORMED Dale Kelley Fitzgerald, who co-founded New York’s prestigious Jazz Gallery in 1995 and was its Executive Director until 2009, died on March 20 at Calvary Hospital in Bronx, N.Y., after a ...

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Legendary Jazz Radio Host Bob Parlocha Passes Away

Bob Parlocha, host of the WFMT radio network's Jazz Satellite Network passed away on Sunday, March 15 at the age of 76. “Jazz with Bob Parlocha" has been a part of our overnight jazz programming for the last several years. In addition to hosting the Jazz Network, Parlocha was a tenor and saxophonist, host of the ...

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Lew Soloff dies at 71; trumpet player for Blood, Sweat and Tears

Lew Soloff dies at 71; trumpet player for Blood, Sweat and Tears

Lew Soloff, a trumpet player who was an early member of Blood, Sweat and Tears and whose jazz career included performances with his own ensembles and with Gil Evans, Ornette Coleman, Chuck Mangione, Maynard Ferguson and other giants of the genre, has died. He was 71. Soloff suffered an apparent heart attack as he walked down ...

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Lew Soloff, 1944-2015

Lew Soloff, 1944-2015

The sad notes keep coming. Trumpeter Lew Soloff died early today. His daughter, Laura Solomon, reported on her Facebook page that Soloff was with her and her family on their way home from a New York restaurant when he collapsed with a massive heart attack. He was 71. Born in jny: New York City, a trumpeter ...


 

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