12/31/13

Remembering Those Who Left Us in 2013

A salute to the jazz greats who passed during the last 12 months

The jazz community lost so many greats during 2013. In the March 2014 issue of JazzTimes, fellow artists will salute many of the individuals listed below. For now, let’s just say thank you—each of these people brought something vital to the music we love.

Jimmy Amadie: Jan. 5, 1937-Dec. 10, 2013
Rob Amster: October 21, 1964 - November 2013
Donald “Duck” Bailey: March 26, 1933-Oct. 15, 2013
Sathima Bea Benjamin: October 17, 1936-August 20, 2013
Steve Berrios: February 24, 1945-July 25, 2013
Bobby “Blue” Bland: January 27, 1930-June 23, 2013
Bob Brozman: March 8, 1954-April 23, 2013
George Buck: ?-Dec. 11, 2013
Dwayne Burno: June 10, 1970-Dec. 28, 2013
Rah (Ron) Burton: ?, 1934-Jan. 25, 2013
Donald Byrd: December 9, 1932-February 4, 2013
Oscar Castro-Neves: May 15, 1940-Sept. 27, 2013
George Duke: January 12, 1946-August 5, 2013
Boyd Lee Dunlop: June 20, 1926 - December 27, 2013
Jacques Emond: ?-January 6, 2013
Sam Falzone: Dec. 20, 1933-Sept. 22, 2013
Herb Geller: ?, 1928-Dec. 19, 2013
Ibrahim González: ?, 1956-June 4, 2013
George Gruntz: June 24, 1932-January 10, 2013
Jim Hall: Dec. 4, 1930-Dec. 10, 2013
Chico Hamilton: September 20, 1921-November 25, 2013
Jane Harvey: January 6, 1925-August 15, 2013
Bobby Jackson: ?-Dec. 9. 2013
Ronald Shannon Jackson: Jan. 12, 1940-Oct. 19, 2013
Jef Lee Johnson: June 26, 1959-January 28, 2013
Joe Killian: April 10, 1927-May 1, 2013
Dick LaPalm: July 23, 1927-Oct. 7, 2013
Yusef Lateef: Oct. 9, 1920-Dec. 23, 2013
Ricky Lawson: ?, 1954-Dec. 23, 2013
Gloria Lynne: Nov. 23, 1929-Oct. 15, 2013
Magic Slim: Aug. 7, 1937-Feb. 21, 2013
Marian McPartland: March 20, 1918-August 20, 2013
Mulgrew Miller: August 13, 1955-May 29, 2013
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris: February 10, 1947-January 29, 2013
Sam Most: December 16, 1930-June 13, 2013
Albert Murray: May 12, 1916-August 18, 2013
Claude Nobs: February 4, 1936-January 10, 2013
Bobby Parker (Robert Lee Parker): August 31, 1937 – October 31, 2013
Jimmy Ponder: May 10, 1946-Sept. 16, 2013
Carline Ray: April 21, 1925-July 18, 2013
Melvin Rhyne: October 12, 1936-March 5, 2013
Seth Rothstein: ?-May 1, 2013
Ed Shaughnessy: January 29, 1929-May 24, 2013
Johnny Smith: June 25, 1922-June 11, 2013
Paul Smith: April 17, 1922-June 29, 2013
Kerry Strayer: December 22, 1956 - August 1, 2013
Lee Tanner: May 28, 1931-Sept. 7, 2013
Paul Tanner: October 15, 1917-February 5, 2013
Stan Tracey: December 30, 1926-December 6, 2013
Ben Tucker: December 13, 1930 - June 4, 2013
Bebo Valdés: October 9, 1918-March 23, 2013
Cedar Walton: January 17, 1934-August 19, 2013
Butch Warren: Aug. 9, 1939-Oct. 5, 2013
David Wertman: ?-Dec. 14, 2013
Frank Wess: Jan. 4, 1922-Oct. 30, 2013
Virginia Wicks: December 9, 1920-March 20, 2013
Robert Zildjian: July 14, 1923-March 28, 2013

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Marian McPartland
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Donald Byrd
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Cedar Walton Quartet, - Art of Jazz Series, Albright - Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, February 28, 2010
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George Duke at Freihofer Jazz Festival at Saratoga Springs
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Frank Wess performing at the Concert to Benefit the James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth
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Mulgrew Miller
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Butch Warren
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Oscar Castro-Neves
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Gloria Lynne in Philadelphia in 2007
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Ronald Shannon Jackson
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Jim Hall at Newport Jazz Festival, August 2013
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3 Comments

  • Dec 31, 2013 at 07:50PM Ron Weinstock

    If you are going to include bluesmen like Magic Slim, you need to include Bobby Parker (Robert Lee Parker) (August 31, 1937 – October 31, 2013). His best known recording "Watch Your Step" had a riff taken from Dizzy Gillespie's "Manteca" and then in turn the riff was used by the Beatles, led Zeppelin and others. Bobby also kicked off sets with a medley of "Straight No Chaser" and "Back to the Chicken Shack."

  • Jan 02, 2014 at 05:43PM cloudjazz

    Jef Lee Johnson was born on June 26. Please make the correction. He was near and dear to my heart and to many hearts in Philadelphia.

  • Jan 02, 2014 at 10:19PM Jed Bigelow

    Great catch

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