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Ward Swingle, 1927-2015

Ward Swingle, 1927-2015

Ward Swingle, who founded a vocal group that melded J.S. Bach with bebop rhythm and scat singing, died on Monday in Eastbourne, England. He was 87. The announcement came from the Swingles, successor to the Swingle Singers, many of whose albums were best sellers in the US and Europe in the 1960s. Born in Alabama, Mr. ...

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Jim Galloway Remembered (1936 - 2014)

Jim Galloway Remembered (1936 - 2014)

By Ted O'Reilly Jim Galloway (born James Braidie Galloway July 28, 1936 in Kilwinning, Scotland) died peacefully at home on December 30, 2014 surrounded by loved ones. An internationally renowned jazz musician, one of the few specializing on the soprano sax (along with alto, tenor, baritone and occasional clarinet), Jim lived a full life doing what ...

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Guitarist Jeff Golub dies at 59; Copley Township native played with rock stars

Guitarist Jeff Golub dies at 59; Copley Township native played with rock stars

Guitarist Jeff Golub, a versatile contemporary jazz artist who also spent years as a sideman with rockers Billy Squier and Rod Stewart, died Thursday at 59, JazzTimes reported Monday. Though the exact cause of death has yet to be disclosed, Golub, a Copley Township native, had been suffering from a rare disease called progressive supranuclear palsy. ...

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Rat Pack Singer Frankie Randall, Sinatra's House Pianist, Dies At 76

Rat Pack Singer Frankie Randall, Sinatra's House Pianist, Dies At 76

In addition to his TV appearances with Dean Martin and others, he recorded several songs, bringing his jazz-inflected, supper-club approach not only to standards like “It Had to be You," but also to the TV theme from “Flipper" and The Who's rock anthem, “I Can See for Miles." He appeared at casino lounges and clubs across ...

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Passings: DeFranco, Benford, Belletto

The past seven days have seen the deaths of three musicians who came to prominence as young men and had long careers in the swing, bebop and post-bop eras. Buddy DeFranco, who in the 1940s was the first to successfully adapt the clarinet to the complexities of bebop, died the day before Christmas at age 91. ...

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Buddy De Franco (1923-2014)

Buddy De Franco (1923-2014)

Buddy De Franco, a highly accomplished and exquisite jazz clarinetist who began his career in several leading swing bands of the 1940s before pivoting to bebop in the late 1940s and early '50s and teaming with leading jazz artists throughout the LP era, died on Dec. 24. He was 91. Buddy's first recording in 1943 was ...

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Buddy DeFranco, 91, Versatile Jazz Clarinetist, Dies

Buddy DeFranco, 91, Versatile Jazz Clarinetist, Dies

Buddy DeFranco, the innovative clarinetist who rose from the remains of the swing era to forge new and lasting prominence as the instrument’s pre-eminent interpreter of bebop, died on Wednesday in Panama City, Fla. He was 91. His death was confirmed by his wife, Joyce. From 1939, the year he graduated from a high school music ...

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Buddy Defranco Dies At 91; First Clarinetist To Master Bebop

Buddy Defranco Dies At 91; First Clarinetist To Master Bebop

Buddy DeFranco, a jazz clarinetist who played with the big swing bands of Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Barnet and Gene Krupa, the Count Basie Septet and the George Shearing Trio and is considered the first player to authentically play bebop on the clarinet, has died. He was 91. DeFranco died Wednesday in Panama City, Fla., after a ...

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Legendary Blues Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Legendary Blues Singer Joe Cocker Dies At 70

Joe Cocker, the English soul and blues singer, died on Monday “after a hard fought battle with small cell lung cancer,” Sony Music, his label, confirmed. He was 70. “It will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts,” said Barrie Marshall, Mr. Cocker’s agent, in a statement, calling the singer “simply unique.” ...

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Phil Stern, Award-winning American Photographer Noted For His Iconic Portraits Of Hollywood Stars

Phil Stern, Award-winning American Photographer Noted For His Iconic Portraits Of Hollywood Stars

Phil Stern, a renowned photographer for Life, Look and other magazines who honed his skills as a World War II combat photographer but was best known for capturing Hollywood icons and jazz legends in unguarded moments, died Saturday in Los Angeles. He was 95. Stern, who began shooting for Life in 1941, told the magazine in ...


 

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