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Jazz this week: Harold López-Nussa, Filippo Cosentino, Alice Ripley, and more

Jazz this week: Harold López-Nussa, Filippo Cosentino, Alice Ripley, and more

This week's calendar of jazz and creative music in St. Louis includes a pianist from Cuba, a guitarist from Italy, a cabaret show from a singer and actress who has earned Broadway's highest honor, and more. Let's go to the highlights... Wednesday, October 18 Cuban-born pianist Harold López-Nussa makes his St. Louis debut in the first ...

Grady Tate RIP

Grady Tate RIP

Grady Tate died on Sunday at his home in New York City. He was 85. His wife Vivian said that he had dementia. In demand for years as a drummer, he was encouraged by Peggy Lee to begin singing publicly and launched a new career as a vocalist. Tate’s professional debut was with the organist Wild ...

Grady Tate (1932-2017)

Grady Tate (1932-2017)

Grady Tate, one of the most prolific drummers in the soul-jazz era beginning in the early 1960s who recorded on nearly 700 sessions and who easily could have had a career as a vocalist, died on October 8. He was 85. Tate began his recording career with Wild Bill Davis, the father of the jazz organ, ...

Pete Turner (1934-2017)

Pete Turner (1934-2017)

Pete Turner, a commercial photographer who befriended jazz producer Creed Taylor early in his career in the late 1950s and whose richly saturated color images were used on album covers by Creed when he was at ABC-Paramount, Impulse, Verve, A&M and, most notably, CTI, died Sept. 18. Turner was 83. Pete's iconic images were featured on ...

Larry Elgart (1922-2017)

Larry Elgart (1922-2017)

Larry Elgart, an alto saxophonist and enterprising and tireless big-band leader whose major success began at the very moment when nearly all other swing orchestras were arthritic relics and the word “band" typically referred to four guys with long hair playing electric instruments and a drum set, died on August 29. He was 95. In the ...

John Abercrombie: 1944-2017

John Abercrombie: 1944-2017

From Tina Pelikan at ECM Records It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of the great guitarist John Abercrombie. John Abercrombie, one of the great improvisers, died on August 22, after a long illness. He will be much missed, for his sensitive musicality, his good companionship, and his dry humor which enhanced many ...

Jerry Lewis: (1926-2017)

Jerry Lewis: (1926-2017)

Jerry Lewis, whose geeky, high-strung brand of humor starting in the late 1940s made him a national sensation and early TV star while still in his 20s and whose seemingly ad-libbed routines as a befuddled jerk in '60s films influenced several generations of improv comics, died on Aug. 20. He was 91. Personally, I was never ...

Joe Fields, 1929-2017

Joe Fields, 1929-2017

On July 12 we lost Joe Fields. During his long career Fields was the guiding spirit of record labels committed to unalloyed jazz. He started the Cobblestone label and later changed its name to Muse. Among the dozens of musicians he recorded on Muse over three decades were Woody Shaw, Houston Person, Grant Green and Pat ...

Geri Allen (1957-2017)

Geri Allen (1957-2017)

Geri Allen, a jazz pianist and composer with a deeply personal approach to standards and original works who explored a lyrical and tender side of the avant-garde, died on June 27 of cancer. She was 60. Early in her career in the 1980s, Geri recorded extensively with saxophonist Oliver Lake and with bassist Charlie Haden and ...

Geri Allen Gone At 60

Geri Allen Gone At 60

Geri Allen died today of cancer. She was 60. Ms. Allen was a pianist of uncommon technical achievement and fluency and inspired a generation of younger pianists. Recently a resident of Pittsburgh, Ms. Allen grew up in jny: Detroit, where she began piano lessons at age seven. While at Cass Technical High School she studied with ...


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