Musician Obituaries (50)

Master Conguero, Percussionist, Producer, Composer, Solo Artist

July 17, 1945 - September 29, 2008

NEW YORK, New York - October 2, 2008 -- Norman Hedman, whose mastery of crossing more than three decades of music genres and generations, died at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York on Monday, September 29 at the age of 63. Causes included Acute Myeloid Leukemia and Pneumonia.

A West Indies native, Hedman is distinguished by having brought the black American sound experie …

Legendary saxophonist and clarinetist Alfred J. Gallodoro, featured soloist with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra from 1936 to 1940, passed away October 4th at the age of 95. During a professional career spanning more than eight decades, Gallodoro worked in virtually every musical environment, from vaudeville houses, speakeasies, and night clubs to symphonies, Carnegie Hall, and international jazz festivals. He claimed to be one of the world's longest continually active performing musicians. He was r …
The jazz community is mourning another of its great masters. Legendary trumpeter Freddie Hubbard passed away December 29th in Sherman Oaks, California. Hubbard celebrated his 70th birthday in March with a special appearance at Yoshi's-San Francisco, along with The New Jazz Composers Octet, an ensemble organized by his manager and fellow trumpeter David Weiss. On Nov. 26th, however, Hubbard was admitted to Sherman Oaks Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He remained there until …
By a sad irony, just as the first ever African-American to become president of the United States was being sworn in in Washington DC, one of the legends of African-American music passed away in a Kingston, NY hospital. Saxophonist and flutist David 'Fathead' Newman was best known as a star soloist with the Ray Charles band, but his multi-faceted career was much more than that. His synthesis of styles across the spectrum of black music was unique, combining hard bop, gospel and R&B; the list of a …
Members of the New York jazz community were among those shocked and dismayed by news of a fatal plane accident when they learned that two of their number were among the fatalities in the February 12th crash of Continental Flight 3407. Reed player Gerry Niewood and guitarist Coleman Mellett, en route to a performance with Chuck Mangione and the Buffalo Symphony, were among the 49 people who boarded the flight in Newark, NJ, all of whom perished when the aircraft crashed into a Buffalo house. Reac …
Members of the New York jazz community were among those shocked and dismayed by news of a fatal plane accident when they learned that two of their number were among the fatalities in the February 12th crash of Continental Flight 3407. Reed player Gerry Niewood and guitarist Coleman Mellett, en route to a performance with Chuck Mangione and the Buffalo Symphony, were among the 49 people who boarded the flight in Newark, NJ, all of whom perished when the aircraft crashed into a Buffalo house. Reac …

It is with great sadness the Maneri family would like to announce the death of Dr. Joseph Maneri to the music and wider arts community.

Joe passed away Monday, August 24th 2009 in the company of his close family. Joe is survived by his loving wife Sonja, his five children, eight grandchildren and his incredible music legacy.

As a performer, composer and educator Joe touched countless hearts with his innovative and incredibly loving spirit.

There will be a private service for family a …

Noah Howard has passed away unexpectedly on September 3, 2010, while vacationing in Southern France. He was one of the world’s leading alt saxophonists and a vanguard of the Free Jazz movement.

Noah Howard was born in 1943 in New Orleans, the heartland of Jazz. Growing up in a city vibrating with Gospel and Dixieland, Noah performed as a young man with Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong. Becoming a driver of the early Free Jazz movement Noah quickly developed into one of the world’s most celebrated a …

Jazz has lost one of its greatest unsung heroes. William 'Buddy' Collette, Grammy-nominated woodwind master, bandleader, composer/arranger, political and cultural activist, educator and mentor to two generations of jazz artists died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He had just turned 89 in August.

It was my pleasure and privilege to meet Buddy on a number of occasions in the process of preparing a chapter about him in my book The Flute in Jazz: Window on World Music …

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Jazz Guitar Legend Jack Le Maire, passes away at 99 yrs old Monday Oct 18, 2010 from natural causes, in Tarzana California. 
Jack Le Maire was born into show business on July 1, 1911.   At a very early age, he joined the Ziegfeld Follies which featured his father, George Le Maire, the vaudevillian performer, writer and producer whom Milton Berle dubbed the "greatest straight man in showbiz". George, who was on the bill with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra, wanted to find the pint …
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