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Urbie Green, 1926-2018

Urbie Green, 1926-2018

We learned today that trombonist Urbie Green died last Monday, December 31, in the Poconos mountain region that he called home for many years. He was 92. A musician idolized by his contemporaries—and particularly by fellow players of the trombone—Green’s earliest big band years included stretches with Frankie Carle and Gene Krupa. His work with Woody ...

Hargrove Memorial Reset

Hargrove Memorial Reset

Plans have changed for a service in memory of trumpeter Roy Hargrove, who died on November 3. Frank Stewart of Jazz at Lincoln Center sent the announcement: The life and work of Roy Hargrove will be honored at a musical celebration on Tuesday, January 8 at Jazz At Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall on Broadway ...

John Williams Has Died

John Williams Has Died

It can be discouraging, but we are resigned to keeping you up to date on the deaths of prominent musicians. The latest bad news is about the pianist John Williams, who died On December 14 in Wilmington, North Carolina. Williams achieved substantial renown in the 1950s for his work with several prominent leaders and for leading ...

John Thms. Williams (1929-2018)

John Thms. Williams (1929-2018)

John Thomas Williams, a spritied jazz pianist strongly influenced by Bud Powell and Horace Silver who recorded with the Stan Getz Quintet in the early 1950s before recording his two sole leadership albums for EmArcy in 1954 and '55, died on December 15. He was 89. Born in Windsor, Vt., Williams began as a church organist ...

Nancy Wilson: 1937-2018

Nancy Wilson: 1937-2018

Nancy Wilson, a sassy and sultry jazz-pop singer with extraordinary vocal and visual performing talents who emerged in 1959 just as the pop charts were starting to be dominated by soft Brazilian voices, vocal harmonies by beach bands, British invaders and back-beat soul from Detroit and Memphis, died yesterday. She was 81. Nancy was first and ...

Nancy Wilson Is Gone

Nancy Wilson Is Gone

Sorry to hear of the passing of Nancy Wilson. She was 81 and died yesterday at her home north of Los Angeles in the California desert community of Pioneertown. The singer achieved fame in the 1960s after Cannonball Adderley heard her in a Columbus, Ohio, club and recommended her to Capitol Records. An album she made ...

Roy Hargrove (1969-2018)

Roy Hargrove (1969-2018)

Roy Hargrove, a jazz trumpeter whose chance encounter with Wynton Marsalis in the 11th grade catapulted him from Fort Worth, Texas, to stardom at age 20 in 1990 after tours with Marsalis and a year at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, died November 2. He was 49. Here are five clips that illustrate his ...

Roy Hargrove, 1969-2018

Roy Hargrove, 1969-2018

Trumpeter Roy Hargrove died of a heart attack in New York yesterday at the age of 49. Hargrove was one of a coterie of young musicians who came to prominence following the sudden superstardom of fellow trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in the 1990s. Record companies scrambled to find their own Marsalises. Hargrove became famous not long after ...

Is Japan Finally Ready For The Streaming Revolution?

Is Japan Finally Ready For The Streaming Revolution?

A new report by indie music rights agency Merlin highlights the slow but now steady shift towards music streaming in Japan, one of the world's last bastions of physical product. As the second largest music market in the world, Japan has been historically slow to take up streaming music despite the presence of advanced broadband capabilities in ...

Rest In Peace Paul Allen: Friend Of Music and Much More

Rest In Peace Paul Allen: Friend Of Music and Much More

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen recently passed away, and is remembered as a tech billionaire and noted philanthropist. The Seattle music industry was among the beneficiaries of his generosity, with Allen helping to foster the creative sector. Guest post by Chris Castle of Music Technology Policy Paul Allen was a co-founder of Microsoft and hence a “tech ...