Jimmy Cheatham, a San Diego-based jazz musician and teacher, passed away last Friday at the age of 82.
Cheatham was known as a pillar of the San Diego jazz community, having taught jazz at the University of California in San Diego for almost three decades. As a musician, Cheatham was active with his award-winning Sweet Baby Blues Band, in which he played with his wife of 47 years, Jeannie Cheatham. In the earlier days of his career, Cheatham had played with such jazz luminaries as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thad Jones, Chico Hamilton and Ornette Coleman. Fans of Cheatham and his band include Miles Davis, with whom Cheatham shared the stage at the Chicago Jazz Festival.