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Hod O'Brien (1936-2016)

Hod O'Brien (1936-2016)

Hod O'Brien, a ruggedly handsome and soft-spoken bebop pianist who came to jazz in the late 1950s, left jazz for 10 years in the 1960s and early 1970s, only to return to the music, becoming one of the most highly regarded and tasteful pianists of his generation, died on Nov. 20. He was 80. Born in ...

Hod O'Brien, 1936-2016

Hod O'Brien, 1936-2016

Friends of Hod O’Brien report that the pianist died yesterday at 80 following a long battle against cancer. He continued an active playing life even as he underwent treatment for the disease. Born in jny: Chicago, O’Brien attended Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music. He became active in New York jazz circles in the ...

Mose Allison (1927-2016)

Mose Allison (1927-2016)

Mose Allison, a jazz-folk pianist and singer-songwriter who brought white rural imagery to the urban jazz scene and was highly regarded by every musician who played with him, even those who were initially wary of his Mississippi roots, died on Nov. 15. He was 89. Mose was one of a kind. While Dr. John and Leon ...

Mose Allison Is Gone

Mose Allison Is Gone

Mose Allison has died at the age of 89. A Mississippi pianist, singer, composer, songwriter and sometime trumpeter, Allison made his New York debut in the 1950s as a bebop pianist. He worked with Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Gerry Mulligan and a variety of other post-bop musicians, but came to fame employing his Mississippi folksiness and ...

Leon Russell R.I.P. - "I've acted out my life on stages with 10,000 people watching"

Leon Russell R.I.P. - "I've acted out my life on stages with 10,000 people watching"

Leon Russell wrote songs so well crafted that even the first time you heard them, you swore that you've heard them before.  It was not that they were't unique- they usually were- it was that they touched something hiding deep inside you. Leon Russell, a prolific artist, songwriter and producer, who recorded hits such as “Tight ...

Leon Russell (1942-2016)

Leon Russell (1942-2016)

Leon Russell, a singer-songwriter and pianist who spent much of the early 1960s appearing on pop hits as a Los Angeles studio musician and who, in the years that followed, was a solo artist and composer of hits such as A Song for You, Tight Rope, This Masquerade and Superstar, died on Nov. 13. He was ...

R.I.P Leonard Cohen, "The Lord Of Song"

R.I.P Leonard Cohen, "The Lord Of Song"

Front row seats at the Palace Theatre in Waterbury, CT to see Leonard Cohen on his comeback tour a decade ago will always rank in the top handful of the hundreds and hundreds of concerts that I've been privileged to attend.  A true songsmith with a deep and caring soul has left us.  Leonard Cohen, the ...

Bob Cranshaw + Kay Starr

Bob Cranshaw + Kay Starr

Bob Cranshaw (1932-2016), a Chicago-born jazz bassist who began recording in 1957 and became a significant force in the 1960s starting with Sonny Rollins' seminal album, The Bridge, in 1962, died on Nov. 2. He was 83. At a time when even the best jazz bassists seemed interchangeable to the average listener, Bob's playing stood out ...

Bob Cranshaw, 1932-2016

Bob Cranshaw, 1932-2016

Bassist Bob Cranshaw succumbed to bone cancer yesterday at his home in New York City. He was 83. He may be best remembered as Sonny Rollins’s bassist for more than half a century, but Cranshaw’s career also included mainstay work with Dexter Gordon, James Moody, Kai Winding, Wes Montgomery, Duke Pearson, Mose Allison, Oliver Nelson, and ...

John Zacherle (1918-2016)

John Zacherle (1918-2016)

John Zacherle, a rail-thin B-movie actor who in the late 1950s and '60s became a wildly popular host of children's television shows in jny: Philadelphia and New York, where he appeared dressed as a ghoulish undertaker with a sophisticated wit and sinister laugh, died on Oct. 27, four days before Halloween. He was 98. Zacherle's death ...


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