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Remembering André Previn (1929-2019)

Upon his Feb. 28 passing at his home in Manhattan, 89-year-old André Previn was praised as many things: a well-respected composer, arranger, orchestrator, conductor, and concert pianist. His musical gifts were such that he was often compared to Leonard Bernstein, 20th-century America’s most famous musical polymath. Previn won four Academy Awards for film scores and 11 Grammys, … Read More “Remembering André Previn (1929-2019)”

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Ralph Jungheim 1929-2019

Ralph Jungheim, a record producer, impresario, photographer, and all-around friend to jazz, passed away on Jan. 5 in Los Angeles, Calif., due to complications of a longtime illness. He was 89. As an independent producer, Jungheim oversaw 58 albums for such artists as Earl Hines, Freddie Hubbard, Ruth Brown, Joe Pass, Michel Legrand, Jimmy Rowles, Freddy … Read More “Ralph Jungheim 1929-2019”

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Remembering Urbie Green (1926-2018)

Urbie Green, one of jazz’s supreme trombone stylists and a versatile sideman, died at the Saucon Valley Manor in Hellertown, Pa., on Dec. 31. He was 92. On the short list of all-time trombone greats, Green had a smooth sound, phrased lyrically, hit difficult notes effortlessly, and made them sound natural. He was also able to … Read More “Remembering Urbie Green (1926-2018)”

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Perry Robinson 1938-2018

Virtuoso clarinetist Perry Robinson, one of the last remaining voices of the 1960s New Thing, died peacefully at a Jersey City rest home on Dec. 2. He was 80. Robinson had undergone heart valve surgery earlier in the year and never fully recovered. Though not a high-profile player, Robinson was a musician’s musician, and he … Read More “Perry Robinson 1938-2018”

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Bassist Max Bennett Dies at 90

Max Bennett, the protean bassist who served as a sparkplug for small bebop units, modern big bands, and contemporary fusion groups alike, died at his home in San Clemente, Calif., on Sept. 14. He was 90. Bennett’s storied career as a member of the so-called “Wrecking Crew” of Los Angeles session musicians included work on dozens … Read More “Bassist Max Bennett Dies at 90”

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