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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 ...

Mark O'Shaughnessy: 1952-2017

Mark O'Shaughnessy: 1952-2017

Funeral services are set for Mark O'Shaughnessy, founder and co-owner of the St. Louis venue BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups. O'Shaughnessy, a longtime advocate for St. Louis music and musicians who opened the first of the club's three incarnations back in 1976, died Saturday, May 27 in his apartment above BB's of complications of diabetes. He ...

Frank Deford (1938-2017)

Frank Deford (1938-2017)

Frank Deford, a legendary sportswriter with Sports Illustrated from 1962 to 1989 and again from 1998 to the present, as well as an NPR sports commentator for the past 32 years, died on May 28. He was 78. Frank had a way of profiling sports legends with deceptively simple language and colorful insights that became the ...

Southern Rock Icon Gregg Allman Dies At 69

Southern Rock Icon Gregg Allman Dies At 69

Allman Brothers co-founder and rock icon Gregg Allman has died at aged 69.  Allman died quietly at his home in Savannah, Georgia, according to a statement posted to his official website.  Allman has  struggled with many health issues over the past several years. It is with deep sadness we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member ...

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

Remembering Dave Pell’s Devotion To His Hero

Saxophonist and bandleader Dave Pell, a prominent figure in the west coast jazz of the 1950s and ’60s, died on May 8. He was 92. Pell recorded extensively with his octet and the tribute group Prez Conference. Over the years the collective members of those bands included Art Pepper, Red Mitchell, Harry Edison, Mel Lewis, Benny ...

Godfather Of Jambands Col. Bruce Hampton Dies After Collapsing On Stage During Birthday Concert

Godfather Of Jambands Col. Bruce Hampton Dies After Collapsing On Stage During Birthday Concert

"Colonel" Bruce Hampton, guitarist, founding member of Hampton Grease and a respected veteran of the jam band scene, died after collapsing on stage during his 70th birthday concert.  I had the pleasure of working with Bruce over the years, and he was every bit a smart, talented and special as the accolades pouring in suggest. Jamband ...

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, ...


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