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Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

Loss Of A Quiet Giant: Will Connell 1938-2014

By John Pietaro I was heartily saddened by the sudden unexpected phone call: downtown’s unsung hero of Free Jazz, Will Connell, Jr., was hospitalized and non-responsive. Immediately the jazz and new music community rallied and the outpouring of love for Will was apparent. We’d all been preparing for his big moment at the front of the ...

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Buddy Catlett, 1933-2014

Buddy Catlett, 1933-2014

I was saddened to learn on the road that Buddy Catlett died yesterday. I remember him looking as he does in this photograph made around the time we were both involved in Seattle’s vibrant jazz community in the early-to-mid 1950s. He left town to work with a variety of large and small bands. By the end ...

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Manitas De Plata Dies At 93; Gypsy Master Of Flamenco Guitar

Flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who sold nearly 100 million records worldwide and broke boundaries for Gypsy musicians, has died in southern France. He was 93. De Plata died Wednesday in a Montpellier retirement home, said his great-nephew Ricao Bissiere. De Plata sold about 93 million records in a career that spanned more than half a ...

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Rick Rosas Dies At 65; Longtime Studio Musician

Rick Rosas, a longtime studio musician who in recent years played bass guitar with Neil Young as well as a reunited Buffalo Springfield, died Thursday in Los Angeles of complications from lung disease. He was 65. A spokeswoman for Lookout Management, which represents Young, confirmed Rosas' death. A Los Angeles native born Sept. 10, 1949, Rosas ...

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Ian Fraser Dies; Emmy-Winning Conductor, Arranger And Composer

Emmy-winning music conductor, arranger and composer Ian Fraser, who worked extensively with Julie Andrews and oversaw a famed Bing Crosby/David Bowie holiday duet, died at home in Los Angeles on Friday. He was 81. The cause was cancer, said his daughter, Tiffany Fraser. Ian Fraser was the arranger and conductor on numerous television shows during the ...

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Acker Bilk Dies At 85; Clarinetist Known For "Stranger On The Shore"

Acker Bilk Dies At 85; Clarinetist Known For "Stranger On The Shore"

English clarinetist Acker Bilk, who reached the top of the U.S. music charts with the instrumental “Stranger on the Shore," has died. He was 85. Bilk died Sunday at a hospital in Bath, southwestern England, according to his manager, Pamela Sutton. The cause was not announced. Born Bernard Stanley Bilk on Jan. 29, 1929, in the ...

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Acker Bilk: Legendary jazz clarinettist dies aged 85

Acker Bilk: Legendary jazz clarinettist dies aged 85

Clarinettist Acker Bilk, who personified the trad jazz revival of the 1950s and '60s, has died after a lengthy illness at the age of 85. His most famous song Stranger on the Shore was the UK's biggest selling single of 1962 and made him an international star. Born Bernard Stanley Bilk, he changed his name to ...

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Raphael Ravenscroft Dies At 60; Played Sax Solo On "Baker Street"

Musician Raphael Ravenscroft, who played one of the most famous saxophone solos in pop music on Gerry Rafferty's “Baker Street," has died. He was 60. Ravenscroft died Sunday after being taken to a hospital near his home in Exeter, in southwest England. The BBC said a heart attack was the suspected cause of death. The bluesy, ...


 

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