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Richard Wyands 1928-2019

A versatile pianist who worked with a host of jazz stars, he remained underrecognized during his life—but not by fellow musicians

Richard Wyands
Richard Wyands

Richard Wyands, a highly respected jazz pianist who built his reputation primarily as a sideman with the likes of Charles Mingus, Gigi Gryce, Kenny Burrell, and Illinois Jacquet, died September 25 in New York City. He was 91.

His death was confirmed by the George H. Weldon Funeral Home in Manhattan, which has been engaged for Wyands’ final arrangements.

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.