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Chuck Berry: (1926-2017)

Chuck Berry: (1926-2017)

Chuck Berry, a singing electric blues guitarist with a remarkably limber stage presence who pioneered rock 'n' roll and single-handedly put the saxophone out of business as a lead R&B instrument in 1955, died on March 18. He was 90. Berry's biography and his dynamic role in helping to hatch rock 'n' roll have been brightly ...

Statement From Verve Label Group on the passing of Tommy LiPuma

Statement From Verve Label Group on the passing of Tommy LiPuma

Tommy LiPuma had a long history with Universal Music Group (UMG), notably having served as both Chairman and subsequently, Chairman Emeritus of the Verve Music Group from 1998-2011—one of the many pinnacles in his esteemed career in the music industry. The Verve Label Group family is saddened by the loss of their dear friend and colleague, ...

Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

Tommy LiPuma (1936-2017)

Tommy LiPuma, a five-time Grammy winning pop and jazz record producer whose passion for music and musicians resulted in career-changing albums for a range of artists, including Randy Newman, George Benson, Bill Evans, Natalie Cole, Paul McCartney and Diana Krall, died on March 13. He was 80. A long-time fan of my writing, both for The ...

Remembering Larry Coryell

Remembering Larry Coryell

The importance of Larry Coryell in jazz history cannot be understated. Whether you favor jazz-rock fusion or not, it was a revolutionary style that dominated jazz in the late 1960s and '70s thanks to technological advances, a shift in pop culture and the demands and interests of a new generation of players and listeners. To help ...

Larry Coryell (1943-2017)

Larry Coryell (1943-2017)

Larry Coryell, a guitarist who played rock 'n' roll as a teen but wound up pioneering jazz-rock fusion starting in the mid-1960s and then psychedelic fusion in the early '70s, died on Feb. 19. He was 73. Born in Texas and raised in Seattle, Coryell studied at the University of Washington while taking private classical guitar ...

Larry Coryell Is Gone

Larry Coryell Is Gone

Guitarist Larry Coryell died over the weekend in New York City. He was 73. A pioneer of jazz-rock and fusion, throughout his career Coryell was capable of delicacy and softness in guitar lines that had roots in mainstream jazz. Nonetheless, his earliest notice came as a result of his recorded work with drummer Chico Hamilton in ...

Barbara Carroll (1925-2017)

Barbara Carroll (1925-2017)

Barbara Carroll, a gifted jazz and pop pianist who made a name for herself in New York in the 1940s as a standout bop player with a proclivity for block chords and impeccable time, died on Feb. 12. She was 92. Carroll came up at a time when most skilled female jazz pianists could find steady ...

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, RIP

Svend Asmussen, the Danish violinist who thrived in eight decades of stardom, died yesterday—three weeks short of his 101st birthday. He was one of the handful of violinists who in the 1930s proved the instrument capable of swing and emotional expression at the highest jazz level. He may well have been the only man still alive ...

Chuck Stewart And Ed Berger, RIP

Chuck Stewart And Ed Berger, RIP

Two non-musicians prominent in the US jazz community have died in the past week. One was a photographer whose images are among the most prominent in jazz history. Chuck Stewart’s intimate work appeared on dozens of album covers and in magazines. He was 89. Among his most familiar photographs were those of John Coltrane. Stewart took ...

Charles "Bobo" Shaw 1947-2017

Charles "Bobo" Shaw 1947-2017

Charles Wesley “Bobo" Shaw, a St. Louis drummer who helped found the Black Artists Group, co-led the Human Arts Ensemble, and played with many prominent jazz and creative musicians of the past half-century, has died at a nursing care facility in St. Louis. He was 69 years old. St. Louis trumpeter, arts administrator and impresario George ...


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