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1122008 obituaries:

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  • mrcooby
    Jan 12, 2009
      Here is a year-end round up of dear departed jazz related greats. 40 in all are compiled, including vocalists and writers in alphabetical order (there may be others that I have have inadvertently left out). Let's reflect in memory of their wonderful contributions to the arts. 

      Gene Allen: baritone saxist, 79
      Norm Baltazar: trumpeter ('61 Kenton mellophonium orch.), 76
      Joe Beck: guitarist, 62
      Mike Beisner: Four Freshmen vocalist-trumpeter (1982-88/90- 92), 53
      Sid Bulkin: drummer, 83
      Ozzie Cadena: record producer (Savoy label), club manager (Lighthouse) , 83
      Pete Candoli: trumpeter (largely big band lead player), 84
      Dave Carpenter: bassist, 48
      Page Cavanaugh: pianist-singer- combo leader, 86
      Arnie Chycoski: trumpeter (lead with Rob McConnell's Boss Brass), 72
      William Claxton: photographer, 80
      Jimmy Cleveland: trombonist, 82
      Leo Curran: Kenton bandboy (1947-53), 81
      Bobby Durham: drummer, 71
      Ray Ellis: tenor saxist-arranger- conductor, 85
      Bill Finegan: pianist/big band comp-arr, co-leader of Sauter-Finegan Orch., 91
      Bob Florence: pianist-bandleader- composer- arranger, 75
      Jimmy Giuffre: tenor saxist-clarinetist- composer, 86
      Johnny Griffin: tenor saxist, 80
      Earle Hagen: trombonist-turned composer (largely for TV and movies), 88
      Connie Haines: big band singer, 87
      Neal Hefti: big band trumpeter-composer- arranger, 85
      Freddie Hubbard: trumpeter, 70
      Peter J. Levinson: author (books on T. Dorsey, H. James, N. Riddle), 74
      Humphrey Lyttelton: British trumpeter (later radio game show host), 86
      Teo Macero: record producer (Columbia Records, etc), 82
      Ronnie Mathews: pianist, 72
      Jimmy McGriff: blues organist, 72
      Dave McKenna: pianist, 78
      Wilfred Middlebrooks: bassist, 74
      Charlie Ottaviano: jazz club owner (Charlie-O's since 2000), 66
      Earl Palmer: drummer, 83
      Gene Puerling: vocal arr-leader of Hi-Lo's & Singers Unlimited quartets, 78
      Bob Popescu: jazz club owner (H'wood Catalina Bar & Grill since 1986), 77
      Ray Reed: alto sax-flute (1965-68 Kenton lead player), 66
      Joe Romano: alto-tenor sax/flute, 76
      Jo Stafford: big band-pop singer, 90
      Phil Urso: tenor sax, 82
      Gerald Wiggins: pianist, 86
      Lee Young: drummer, 94