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Jackie Cain (1928-2014)

Jackie Cain (1928-2014)

Jackie Cain, a vocalist who gave bebop a carefree vocalese spin in the late 1940s with her singer-pianist husband Roy Kral and, as Jackie and Roy, became one of the most beloved jazz-pop singing duos and recording artists of the 1950s and beyond, died Sept. 15 at her home in New Jersey. She was 86. Throughout ...

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Losses: Jackie Cain, Joe Sample

Losses: Jackie Cain, Joe Sample

Following a long illness, Jackie Cain died Monday afternoon in her New Jersey home. She was 86. She and Roy Kral combined their talents in 1946. They incorporated the spirit of bebop in their work with Charlie Ventura’s sextet, capturing the public imagination with “East of Suez” and “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles.” Recorded with Ventura at ...

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Joe Sample Influential Jazz-funk Pianist

Joe Sample Influential Jazz-funk Pianist

Influential keyboardist Joe Sample, who helped push the boundaries of jazz and funk as a member of the Jazz Crusaders, died Friday in Houston. He was 75. Sample's career with the Jazz Crusaders began as a hard bop group in Texas in the late '50s before the group migrated to the West Coast, releasing a string ...

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Gerald Wilson, Versatile Jazz Arranger

Gerald Wilson, Versatile Jazz Arranger

Gerald Wilson, whose eight-decade career as a jazz composer, arranger, big-band leader and trumpeter spanned generations, styles and geography, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 96. Mr. Wilson was not yet 21 when he joined the Jimmie Lunceford band in 1939 as a trumpeter, replacing Sy Oliver, and he was believed to have been ...

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Cosimo Matassa, Whose Studio Created A Rock 'n' Roll Sound

Cosimo Matassa, whose used-record business in New Orleans led him to sell new records, which led him to open a tiny studio that helped jump-start rock ’n’ roll by recording early hits by the likes of Fats Domino and Little Richard, died on Thursday in New Orleans. He was 88. Recording engineers like Mr. Matassa seldom ...

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Bob Crewe, Songwriter For Frankie Valli And Four Seasons

Bob Crewe, who helped create a parade of indelible hits, most notably for Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll” and Mr. Valli’s soaring anthem of adoration “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” died on Thursday in Scarborough, Me. He was 83. With Mr. Gaudio composing most of the ...

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Gerald Wilson dies at 96; multifaceted jazz musician

Gerald Wilson dies at 96; multifaceted jazz musician

Gerald Wilson, a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century, has died. He was 96. Wilson, who had been in declining health, died Monday at his home in jny: Los Angeles, two weeks after contracting pneumonia, said ...

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Gerald Wilson, 1918-2014

Gerald Wilson, 1918-2014

Word has come that Gerald Wilson died today in jny: Los Angeles. A swing eratrumpeter, he became the pioneering leader, composer and arranger of a modern big band that was a significant presence for more than sixty years. Wilson enriched the language of large ensembles by employing expanded harmonic structures. He was noted for, among other ...

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Jazz This Week: Trebor Tichenor Memorial Concert, Dave Dickey Big Band, and More

With tensions easing somewhat even as protest demonstrations continue in Ferguson, and hot, steamy weather settling in for a few days, it's starting to seem a bit more like a typical late August in St. Louis. And while the weather forecast has prompted cancellations of a couple of outdoor shows, there's still jazz happening around town ...

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John Blake, Jr., RIP

John Blake, Jr., RIP

From jny: Philadelphia comes news of the death of John Blake, Jr., a violinist who combined his classical training, love for the African-American musical tradition and sense of adventure to become prominent on the forward edge of jazz in the 1970s. Blake was 67. He made his mark recording with tenor saxophonist Archie Shepp and soon ...


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