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Buddy Greco (1926-2017)

Buddy Greco (1926-2017)

Buddy Greco, a solid swinging jazz pianist, a supper-club pop vocalist and probably the last surviving member of Benny Goodman's “Undercurrent Blues" bebop band of 1948-49, died January 10. He was 90. Born in jny: Philadelphia, Greco had his work cut out for him. His father was one of the country's leading opera critics and his ...

Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)

Nat Hentoff (1925-2017)

Nat Hentoff, the dean of jazz essayists who in the 1950s applied modern feature-writing techniques to musicians who up until that point had been treated as little more than hip novelties by many trade journalists and print hacks, died of natural causes on Jan. 7. He was 91. As an intellectual, Nat was many things, including ...

Nat Hentoff Is Gone

Nat Hentoff Is Gone

Last night we lost Nat Hentoff, a defender of civil liberties and—notably, for this readership—a lifelong champion of jazz. He was 91. His son Nick reported that members of the family were nearby and a Billie Holiday record was playing when Hentoff died in his Greenwich Village apartment in New York. Influential as a jazz critic ...

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 ...


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