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This page gives details of musicians who at one time or another played with Sandy Brown. Links are given where there is more information available about particular people. The internet can provide useful information about jazz musicians generally, and to help visitors to this site we have also included links to other musicians who may not necessarily have played with Sandy. These musicians are show in grey print. If you are able to help with any of the missing information, please contact us

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Musician
Instrument(s)
Notes
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Johnny Alf Piano b. 19.5.1929
d. 4.3.2010
(Alfredo Jose da Silva) pianist who studied classical music and jazz in Brazil and played at the Hotel Plaza in Copacabana with others including Antonio Carlos Jobim as Bossa Nova was born. For Johnny's obituary click here: Johnny Alf
Rashied Ali Drums b. 1.7.1933
d. 12.8.2009
(born Robert Patterson) Progressive drummer who played in the John Coltrane Quartet and with Sonny Rollins, Henry Grimes and Sonny Fortune. For Rashied's obituary click here: Rashied Ali
Henry 'Red' Allen

Trumpet
Vocals

b. 7.1.1908
d. 17.4.1967

American trumpeter from Luisiana who played with King Oliver, Luis Russell and Fletcher Henderson. Visited London in 1964 and 1966 when Sandy played with him at the Westminster Central Hall and when he joined Sandy's band at the Six Bells in Chelsea. (Live private recordings not issued). More about Red Allen.
Fred Anderson Saxophone b. 22.3.1929
d. 24.6.2010
The 'free jazz' tenor saxophonist was born in Louisiana but made his home in Chicago where he founded the jazz club the Velvet Lounge. Cado Bell points out that on the Club's website, Anderson is quoted as saying: 'I got fascinated over this music, and I just wanted to make a contribution. It ain't nothing but folk music, like Hungarian folk music. It is all the same thing. That's why I think Bartok is so good. He was playing and writing Hungarian folk music.' Anderson was also a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. For Fred's obituary click here: Fred Anderson.
Norrie Anderson Banjo d. 12. 2009 Banjo player with the early Sandy Brown Jazz band and close friend of trumpeter Al Fairweather. Went on to teaching art in Scotland. More about Norrie Anderson.
John Armatage Drums
Arranger
b. 5.8.1929  
Ian Armit Piano
Composer

b. 11.4.1929
d. 18.2.1992

 
Micky Ashman Double Bass b. 12.11.1927  
Bunny Austin Trumpet
Bandleader
b. 1923
d. 30.12.2013
UK trumpeter born in London who started playing with local dance bands (e.g. Bill Stone). He regularly attended Cook's Ferry Inn jazz club until the club closed and he moved with his family to Hampshire. There, he put together a seven-piece band and helped to run the Southampton Jazz Club. He played regularly in the area until he hung up his trumpet in 2003. Click here for our profile of Bunny: Bunny Austin.
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Bela Bagyari Piano    
Donald Bailey Drums b. 26.3.1933
d 15.10 2013
Jari Salo tells us that drummer Donald ‘Duck’ Bailey has gone through the Departure Lounge. Born in Philadelphia, Donald started to play the drums when he was ten. He joined the Jimmy Smith Group in 1953 and over the following eight years played on many of Jimmy Smith’s seminal albums. Moving to Los Angeles in 1965, he joined Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse Stars and accompanied many jazz musicians including Sarah Vaughan, Hampton Hawes and Kenny Burrell. He then moved on to Japan where he played with a number of Japanese musicians. Click here to listen to some of his music. Click here for Donald's obtuary: Donald Bailey
Kenny Baldock Bass
Piano
d. 22.3.2010 UK bass player who played with Peter King and the John Dankworth Orchestra in the 1960s and also with Freddy Randall and Ronnie Scott amongst others. Click here for more information: Kenny Baldock.
Kenny Ball Trumpet
Bandleader
b. 22.5.1930
d. 7.3.2013
UK trumpeter and bandleader who was one of the three popular Trad bands of Ball, Barber and Bilk. His 1962 record Midnight In Moscow was a Top Ten hit both in the UK and the USA, and over time he had fourteen singles in the Top 50. He played with Freddy Randall, Charlie Galbraith, Sid Phillips, Terry Lightfoot and Eric Delaney before forming his own band Kenny Ball's Jazzmen and he went on playing under that name untel not long before he died. For Kenny's obituary click here: Kenny Ball
Billy Bang Violin b. 20.9.1947
d. 11.4.2011
American jazz violinist born William Vincent Walker in Mobile, Alabama. He became a key figure in New York's 'loft jazz' scene of the 1970s. Played with Don Cherry, Frank Lowe, Sam Rivers and Dennis Charles and formed the Jazz Doctors band with Lowe. For Billy's obituary click here: Billy Bang.
Chris Barber

Trombone
Double Bass
Cornet
Baritone Horn
Arranger

b. 17.4.1930  
Fontella Bass Vocals b. 3.7.1940
d. 26.12.2012
American soul, gospel and jazz singer born in Missouri. She had a hit with the song Rescue Me in 1965 and sang with the free jazz Art Ensemble of Chicago. For Fontella's obituary click here: Fontaella Bass.
Colin 'Barney' Bates Piano
Arranger
b. 1.4.1932  
Phil Bates Double Bass b. 19.6.1931  
Lionel Batiste Bass Drum
Kazoo
Vocals
b. 11.2.1932
d. 8.7.1912
'Uncle' Lionel Batiste was a jazz and blues musician from New Orleans. He was bass drummer and vocalist with the Treme Brass Band and had led the Moldejazz Parade since 2000. Over the years he sefved as a role model for many young musicians. For details of his life and funeral click here: Lionel Batiste.
Gordon Beck Piano b. 16.9.1938
d. 6.11.2011
Self-taught UK pianist from London who worked with Peter King, Tony Crombie, Vic Ash and Harry Klein before joining Tubby hayes in 1962. He formed his own Trio in 1965 which became the house band at Ronnie Scott's club. In the 1970s he worked with Phil Woods and Ian Carr, and with Allan Holdsworth and with his own Quartet in the 1980s. For Gordon's obituary click here: Gordon Beck.
Harry Beckett Trumpet
Flugelhorn
Paino
Composer
b. 30.5.1935
d. 22.7.2010
Barbados born trumpet and flugel horn player and composer who lived in London from 1954. Played with Mike Westbrook, Mike Gibbs, Chris McGregor, Graham Collier, Mike Osborne and the Jazz Warriors. Played with Sandy Brown at the Conway Hall, London on 14 March 1969 when Sandy played with the Graham Collier Sextet. For Harry's obituary click here: Harry Beckett
Graeme Bell

Piano
Composer
Bandleader

b. 7.9.1914
d 13.6.2012
Australian jazz pianist and band leader who was one of the leading promoters of jazz in that country. He toured Europe with his band and brought well know musicians to Australia. In 1978, he was awarded the MBE for 'valuable services to jazz music' and in 1997 he was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association Hall of Fame. He was still playing at the age of 90. For Graeme's obituary click here: Graeme Bell
Roger Bell

Cornet
Composer
Bandleader

b. 4.1.1919
d. 17.6.2008
Cornet player and brother of Australian band leader Graeme Bell. More about Roger.
Carey Bell Harmonica b. 14.11.36
d. 7.5.2007
American harmonica player, veteran of the Chicago Blues scene. Toured with Muddy Waters, Lowell Fulson and Willie Dixon. Click here for obituary. Carey Bell.
Graeme Bell Piano
Bandleader
b. 14.9.1917
d. 12.6.2012
Australian pianist and bandleader who put jazz on the map in Australia. Born in 1917, he toured with his band extensively after the second world war. He was the founder of the Swaggie record label. For Graeme's obituary click here: Graeme Bell
Louie Bellson Drums b. 6.7.1924
d. 14.2.2009
Drummer with Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Harry James and Count Basie, and replaced Sonny Greer in the Duke Ellington band. Also led his own bands. More subtle than Buddy Rich but as influential. Click here forLouie's obituary: Louie Bellson
Sandor Benko Clarinet/Saxophone    
Richard Rodney Bennett Piano
Composer
b. 29.3.1936
d. 24.12.2012
UK pianist and composer whose work covered many genres, including jazz. He worked with Cleo Laine, Annie Ross, Chris Connor, Marion Montgomery and Claire Martin, and his Jazz Calendar was choreographed for the Royal Ballet. He was knighted in 1998. For Sir Richard's obituary click here: Richard Rodney Bennett.
Sean Bergin Saxophone
Flute
b. 29.6.1948
d. 1.9.2012
South African avant-garde saxophonist and flautist who performed illegally with black musicians during apartheid. He worked with Mal Waldron, Louis Moholo, Boi Akih and Miriam Makeba amongst others and moved to Amsterdam in 1976. For more about Sean click here: Sean Bergin
Eddie Bert Trombone b. 16.5.1922
d. 28.9.2012
American trombone player who was coached by Benny Morton and Trummy Young and who first recorded with Mildred Bailey. The list of musicians and bands with whom he played is staggering and included Shorty Rogers, Sam Donahue, Red Norvo, Charlie Barnet, Woody Herman, Stan Jenton, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, Thelonius Monk, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, JJ Johnson and Kai Winding and Illinois Jacquet. For Eddie's obituary click here: Eddie Bert
Acker Bilk

Clarinet
Vocals

b. 28.1.1929 British band leader. Recorded with Sandy and others on 'Clarinet Jamboree' album in October 1959. Members of Sandy's band went on to play with Acker - Stan Greig, Al Fairweather, Bruce Turner, etc. More about Acker.
Sonny Bradshaw Trumpet
Piano
Clarinet
trombone
Saxophone
b. 28.3.1926
d. 10.10.2009
The 'Dean' of Jamaican music. Trumpeter and multi-instrumentalist who formed the Jamaican Big Band and the Sonny Bradshaw 7 and who launched the Ocho Rios Jazz Festival. Click here for obituary: Sonny Bradshaw.
Bill Bramwell Guitar
Bass
Vocals

b. 16.7.1922
d. 13.9.1968

1947 Young Musician of the Year who played with a number of bands including Freddie Randall and Mick Mulligan and with others as a session musician. Recorded with Sandy Brown in the 1960s. More about Bill.
Jim Bray Double Bass
Sousaphone
b. 24.4.1927  
Marko Breskovic Bass
Bandleader
b. 1942
d.29.8.2010
Anyone with an interest in jazz and who has visited Dubrovnik in Croatia will have come across Marko's jazz cafe Troubadour. Click here for Ricardo Lago's tribute to this bass player who together with his sons was a key figure in Croatian jazz. For Marko's obituary click here: Marko Breskovic
Willem Breuker Saxophone
Clarinet
Bandleader
b. 4.11.1944
d. 23.7.2010
Dutch saxophonist, clarinetist and bandleader who founded the Amsterdam Kollectief and was one of the foremost free-jazz European stars. For Willem's obituary click here: Willem Breuker
Brian Brocklehurst Double Bass
Guitar
16.8.1930
25.10.10
UK bass player born in Buxton, Derbyshire. From playing with Eddie Thompson's Trio, Brian moved to London in 1952, he played with the bands of Ken Mackintosh, Jack Parnell and Tommy Whittle before joining Humphrey Lyttelton's band as the band strated to play more mainstream music. Brian went on to become a successful session musician backing many famous singers. (Brian recorded with Sandy Brown as part of the Dick Heckstall-Smith Quintet in 1957). For Brian's obituary click here: Brian Brocklehurst
Bob Brookmeyer Trombone b. 19.12.1929
d. 15.12 2011
One of the best loved jazz trombonists, Bob Brookmeyer took up the trombone at the age of 13. He played piano for Tex Beneke's band before joining Claude Thornhill on trombone in 1952, played with Woody Herman and Stan Getz and in January 1954 became part of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet. In 1958 he joined Jimmy Giuffre's Trio and then worked with Bill Evans, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. From 1981 he directed the Mel Lewis Orchestra. He toured Europe with Tony Coe in 1995, and in 2011 released his last album Standards. For Bob's obituary click here: Bob Brookmeyer
Ernest ' Brownie' Brown Tap Dancer b. 25.4.1916
d. 21.8.2009
Tap dancer who partnered Charles Cook as part of the Cotton Club Revue led by the Claude Hopkins Orchestra. They went on to dance with the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Coleman Hawkins and Count Basie and appeared at the 1963 Newport Jazz Festival. For Brownie's obituary click here: Brownie Brown
Marion Brown Saxophone b. 8.9.1931
d. 18.10.2010
Alto saxophone player from Atlanta, Georgia who was a member of the avante-garde scene in New York in the 1960s. He played with John Coltrane, Archie Shepp and John Tchicai amongst others and provided the soundtrack to the Marcle Camus 1970s film Le Temps Fou. For Marion's obituary click here: Marion Brown.
Dave Brubeck Piano
Bandleader
Composer
b. 6.12.1920
d. 5.12.2012
American pianist, bandleader and composer particularly well known for his 1959 Quartet album Time Out that explored the use of varied time signatures. He made many other successful records over a long career and received many awards for his significant contribution to jazz. For Dave's obituary click here: Dave Brubeck.
Dru Bruce Vocals    
'Ma' Bruce Piano    
Beryl Bryden

Washboard
Vocals

b. 11.5.1920
d. 1998
 
Ray Bryant Piano b. 24.12.1931
d. 2.6.2011
American mainstream and hard bop pianist who played with Miles Davis, Coleman Hawkins, Jo Jones and many others. He was also Carmen McRae's accompanist for two years. For Ray's obituary click here: Ray Bryant.
Hiram Bullock Guitar b. 11.9.1955
d. 25.7.2008
Jazz-rock guitarist of the avant-garde New York jazz scene. Born in Japan he played with David Sanborn and the Brecker Brothers band, Carla Bley and Gil Evans. For Hiram's obituary click here: Hiram Bullock.
John Bunch Piano b. 1.12.1921
d. 30.3.2010
American pianist who played withGeorgie Auld, Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Maynard Ferguson, Benny Goodman and who was the musical director and conductor for singer Tony Bennett. For John's obituary click here: John Bunch
Graham Burbidge Drums b. 1.10.1933  
Geoffrey Burgon Composer
Trumpet
b. 15.7.1941
d. 21.9.2010
UK composer whose early ambition was to be a jazz trumpeter. 'I'd realised that I was not going to be the next Miles Davis,' he said, so he turned to composing, particularly for television. For Geoffrey's obituary click here: Geoffrey Burgon.
Campbell Burnap Trombone
Bandleader
Broadcaster
b. 10.9.1939
d. 30.5.2008
Born in Derby, Campbell emigrated to New Zealand when he was 19 and took up the trombone. He moved to Australia, toured the United States and then returned to England and joined Terry Lightfoot and then Monty Sunshine. He returned to Australia but came back to England to play with Ian Armit, Alan Elsdon, the Midnite Follies Orchestra, Pat Halcox All Stars, Pete Allen and Keith Smith. He joined Acker Bilk in 1980 and stayed with Acker until 1987. Campbell made regular broadcasts as a presenter for the BBC, Jazz FM and theJazz. For Campbell's obituary click here: Cambell Burnap
Bob Burns Reeds
Tenor Saxophone
Violin
b. 16.5.1923  
Tito Burns Accordion
Bandleader
b. 7.2.1921
d. 23.8.2010
Accordionist and bandleader born Nathan Bernstein, who included in his band John Dankworth, Ronnie Scott, Tony Crombie, Ray Ellington, Benny Green and Harry Klein. Went on to become a manager and promoter of acts including Cliff Richard and The Searchers. For Tito's obituary click here: Tito Burns
Willie Burns Drums

b. 5.11.1932
d. 5.5.1993

Drummer with Sandy Brown's first band who grew up in Joppa with Stan Greig and Johnny Twiss. More about Willie.
Lennie Bush Double Bass b. 6.6.1927  
Donald Byrd Trumpet b.9.12.1932
d. 4.2.2013
American trumpeter born in Detroit who worked with Art Blakey and Pepper Adams and played on studio sessions with many other well known jazz musicians during the 1950s and 1960s. Co-led bands with Gigi Gryce and Pepper Adams and continued to record through the 1960s and 1970s releasing his album Black Byrd in 1973. Continued playing and went on to teach at universities in Washington and Delaware and worked with jazz students from North Carolina University. For Donald's obituary click here: Donald Byrd.
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Terry Callier Vocals
Guitar
b. 24.5.1945
d. 28.10 2012

American jazz, folk and sould singer and guitarist who became a jazz-soul icon of the 1990s in the UK performing at the 100 Club and the Jazz Cafe in London. For Terry's obituary click here: Terry Callier

Duncan Campbell Trumpet d. 12 2013 Tony Augarde tells us that trumpeter Duncan Campbell passed through the Departure Lounge in December: 'He was best known for playing in Ted Heath's orchestra - and for his uproarious falsetto singing. I knew him when he and I played in Humphrey Carpenter's band called Vile Bodies, which had a residency at the Ritz in London for some years. I quite often drove him to and/or fro his home in Ickenham and I enjoyed his humour and devil-may-care approach to life. Like his fellow Scot, Tommy McQuater (another wonderful man who also played for Vile Bodies), Duncan could drink for Britain. When he was playing in the band and had 16 bars' rest, he often took out a miniature of whisky to imbibe surreptitiously. But he was a magnificent trumpeter'.
Pete Candoli Trumpet b. 28.6.1923
d. 11.1.2008
Trumpeter with Sonny Dunham, Will Bradley, Ray McKinley, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey and Woody Herman. Known as 'Superman with a Horn'. Click here for obituary: Pete Candoli.
Dave Carpenter Bass b. 4.11.1959
d. 24.6.2008
Bass player Dave Carpenter studied at Ohio State University before playing professionally with many bands including Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson and Woody Herman. His later work was the Peter Erskine Trio. He performed on over two hundred recordings and on dozens of television and film soundtracks. Click here for obituary: Dave Carpenter.
Ian Carr Trumpet
Composer
Bandleader
b. 21.4.1933
d. 25.2.2009
Trumpeter from Dumfries who grew up in Northumberland, moved to London to play with Harold McNair, Don Rendell and New Jazz Orchestra. Formed band Nucleus in 1969 that included at various times Tony Coe, Chris Spedding and Ron Mathewson and played Newport and Montreaux Festivals in 1970. Took took forward rock-jazz movement. Was Associate Professor at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was given award for Services To Jazz at 2006 BBC Jazz Awards. Click here for obituary: Ian Carr
Heinz Carstens Bass    
Stewart Carter Trumpet d. circa 2005 Steve Fletcher asked if any readers knew of a fine trumpet player named Stewart Carter who ran a band in the Ponders End district of North London in the early 1950s. Eric Jackson replied that Stu moved to the Wirral where he played with the Peninsula Jazz Man, but sadly died around 2005.Please contact us if have any more information.
Teddy Charles Vibes b. 13.4.1928
d. 16.4.2012
US vibes player born in Massachusetts. He studied piano and drums at Juilliard when BeBop was the rage in New York and socialised with Stan Getz, Brew Moore and Ed Shaughnessy. Taught himself vibes and then played with Benny Goodman, Chubby Jackson, Buddy De Franco and Artie Shaw. He joined Charles Mingus's Jazz Composers Workshop bands and then in the 1950s became more of a producer and session player before moving out of jazz to set up a sailing business in the 1960s. For Teddy's obituary click here: Teddy Charles.
Dick Charlesworth Clarinet
Saxophone
Bandleader

b. 8.1.1932
d. 15.4.2008

UK clarinet and saxophone player from Sheffield who joined Jim Wheeler's Jazzmen but went on to form his own band 'The City Gents' - voted second and third in the 1961 Melody Maker and Jazz News polls. Joined cruise ships when the Trad boom ended and then played with Alan Littlejohn. Click here for Dick's obituary: Dick Charlesworth.
Buddy Childers Trumpet b. 12.2.1926
d. 24.5.2007
American trumpeter and bandleader who was lead trumpeter for Stan Kenton. Also played with Benny Carter, Andre Previn, Les Brown, Vido Musso, Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet. Click here for obituary. Buddy Childers.
John China Piano d. 2012 UK pianist who was part of Laurie Morgan's house trio at Crouch end.
George Chisholm

Trombone
Piano
Euphonium
Baritone Horn
Arranger

b. 29.3.1915
d. 6.12.1997

 
Ian Christie Clarinet b. 2.6.1927
d. 19.1.2010
UK clarinet player who with his brother, trombonist Keith, led the Christie Brothers Stompers initially with Ken Colyer on cornet. Ian went on to join Alex Welsh's band and then Mick Mulligan before becoming a writer on Fleet Street. Click here for Ian's obituary: Ian Christie
Keith Christie Trombone b. 6.1.1931
d. 16.12.1980
 
Jimmy Clark Tap Dance b. 23.7.1922
d. 30.10.2009

Tap dancer who with brother Steve dancxed alongside Billie Holiday, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. Click here for obituary: Jimmy Clark.

Frank Clarke Bass    
Jeff Clyne Bass b. 29.1.1937
d. 16.11.2009
British bass player who played with Ronnie Scott, Tubby Hayes, Stan Tracey, Dudley Moore and many others, and led his own band Turning Point. Click here for obituary: Jeff Clyne
Peter Coe Saxophone b. 21.11.1930
d. 16.3.2009
Saxophonist who led an occasional jazz quartet around London in the early 1970s before moving to Marbella where he played at Magnum's Jazz Bar. He had also led his own big band in the Wimbledon area of South West London and often worked with pianist Tony Lee.More well-known for playing with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, and for playing on the Bealtes' number 'Got To Get You Into My Life'. For Peter's obituary click here or here: Peter Coe
Tony Coe

Saxophones
B Flat Clarinet
C Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Piano
Composer

b. 29.11.1934  
John Cole Piano    
Maria Hawkins Cole Vocals b. 1.8.1922
d. 10.7.2012
American jazz singer from Boston who sang with Benny Carter, Count Basie and Duke Ellington in the 1940s before marrying Nat 'King' Cole. She performed with Nat in the 1950s and then returned again to singing in 1966 after his death. For Maria's obituary click here: Maria Hawkins Cole
Buddy Collette

Saxophone
Clarinet
Flute
Bandleader

b. 6.8.1921
d. 19.9.2010
American West Coast saxophone, clarinet and flute player who worked with Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonius Monk and others. Buddy was also a pioneer civil rights activist, working to desegregate the musicians union of Los Angeles.or Buddy's obituary click here: Buddy Collette.
Graham Collier

Double Bass
Drums
Trumpet
Composer
Arranger
Educator

b. 21.2.1937
d. 9.9.2011
UK trumpeter, drummer and bass player (he played bass with the Jimmy Dorsey swing band), but was best known for his work as a jazz composer and educator. He was the first Briton to graduate from the jazz course at Berklee College of Music, Boston and in 1968, the first composer to receive an Arts Council bursary for his Workpoint jazz project. It was Graham who initiated the jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music. He founded Graham Collier Music as an ensemble to play his compositions and at various times, the ensemble included Kenny Wheeler, Harry Beckett, John Surman, Karl jenkins, Mike Gibbs, Art Themen, Chris Biscoe and James Allsopp. He was awarded an OBE in 1987. Sandy Brown played a live gig with Graham's band in 1969. For Graham's obituary click here: Graham Collier
Shirley Collins Vocals    
John Collinson Piano d. 2013 Pianist with the Jazz Caveners Band. Click here for Eric Jackson's memories of John: John Collinson.
Les Condon Trumpet b. 23.2.1930
d. 11.2007
Trumpeter with Tony Crombie, Tony Kinsey and Tubby Hayes. Obituary in Jazz Journal International Vol 61 No 2 February 2008.
Gene 'Mighty Flea' Conners Trombone b. 28.12.1930
d. 10.6.2010
American trombone player who owed much to JJ Johnson's slide trombone style. Played with Lionel Hampton and depped for the Count Basie and Ray Charles Orchestras. For Gene's obituary click here: Gene Conners
Chris Connor Vocals b. 8.11.1927
d. 29.8.2009
Singer with the Stan Kenton Band and last of the big band vocalists who became a solo star in her own right. Click here for obituary: Chris Connor
Alan Cooper Clarinet b. 1931
d. 2007
Clarinet player with the Temperence Seven. More about Alan.
Bryan Corbett Trumpet
Flugelhorn
b. 1974 Trumpet player namedin Jazzwise magazine as someone to look out for in 2008. Based in the U.K. Midlands, Bryan plays with his own Quartet andguest solos with other bands. More about Bryan.
Pete Cosey Guitar b. 9.10.1943
d. 30.5.2012
American guitarist who started out as a session musician for Chess records before joining and recording with Miles Davis from 1973 to 1975. He went on to play with Herbie Hancock and Akira Sakata and in 2007-2008, contributed to the Miles from India CD which celebrated the music of Miles Davis. For Pete's obituary click here: Pete Cosey.
Terry Cox Drums b. 13.3.1937 Terry played drums with the Fairweather-Brown Band between 1962 and 1964 before going on to play with John Mayall and to formthe band Pentangle. More about Terry.
Lol Coxhill Saxophone b. 19.9.1932
d. 10.7.2012
UK saxophone player born in Hampshire. He played with Denzil Bailey's Afro-Cubans, the Graham Fleming Combo and collaborated with many musicians including David Bedford, Robert Wyatt, Jasper van't Hof, Morgan Fletcher, Trevor Watts's Moiré Music and The Recendents. For Lol's obituary click here: Lol Coxhill.
Bob Craig Trombone

b. 1927
d. 4.8.1998

Schoolfriend of Sandy Brown who played trombone in Sandy's Edinburgh band when Al Fairweather changed to trumpet. Remained working in Scotland in a variety of jobs and continued playing jazz trombone. More about Bob.
Danny Craig Drums b. c1924  
Ray Crane Trumpet b. 31.10.1930
d. 29.6.1994
 
Roy Crimmins Trombone b. 2.8.1929 Trombone player who played with Mick Mulligan and Freddy Randall before joining the Alex Welsh band. Eventually moved to Israel. More about Roy.
George Crockett Drums d. 1990s Drummer with Sandy Brown's early band in 1946/1947 Edinburgh. More about George.
Pat Crumly Clarinet
Saxophones
Bandleader
b. 9.2.1942
d. 28.9.2008
Clarinettist and Saxophonist who in the early 1970s formed a band named 'Edge' which included pianist Michael Garrick. He toured with John Dankworth in 1973 and went on to play with singers Jack Jones, Helen Reddy, Zoot Money and Alan Price. His Quartet played at Ronnie Scott's in the early 2000s having been a good friend of Ronnie's and in whose Legacy Band he was a key member after Ronnie died. For Pat's obituary click here: Pat Crumly. There are some errors in Pat's obituary which are corrected if you also click here.
Alexander Cullen Drums
Vibraphone
b. 30.4.1920
d. 28.12.2013
Professor Alexander Cullen, an electrical engineer, who made important contributions in the field of microwave research was also an accomplished jazz musician and in later life took up the vibraphone. He formed a schoolboy jazz band with the future television presenter Steve Race and during his spare moments from work he played the drums in a semi-professional jazz band. At the age of 89 he took up the vibraphone and taught himself to play. He also wrote a series of songs, some of which his son David arranged to be recorded by the Radio Big Band. Click here for Alexander's obituary: Alexander Cullen.
Ted (Theodore) Curson Trumpet b. 3.6.1935
d. 4.11.2012
American trumpeter born in Philadelphia where he attended the Granoff School of Music. It was Miles Davis who suggested he move to New York where he worked with Cecil Taylor. His composition Tears For Dolphy has been used in many films. He is probably best known for recording and performing with Charles Mingus, but he was also popular in Finland where he performed regularly at the Pori Jazz Festival. For Ted's obituary click here: Ted Curson
D
 
Chris Dagley Drums b. 23.6.1971
d. 28.7.2010
Chris who was only 38, was a member of Ronnie Scott's house band (the James Pearson Trio). He died in a motorcycle accident after a gig at Ronnie's. He had been a member of the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and had worked with Benny Golson, Randy Brecker, Jim Mullen, Don Weller, and the BBC Big Band, amongst others. For Chris's obituary click here: Chris Dagley
Bryan Daly Guitar    
Sir John Dankworth

Alto Saxophone
Bandleader
Composer

b. 20.9.1927
d. 6.2.2010
Renowned UK saxophonist, composer and bandleader who was in the vanguard of those bringing modern jazz to Britain. He formed the Johnny Dankworth Seven in 1940 and then various other bands through which passed many top jazz musicians. He gave up the band in 1960 to concentrate of composing and to act as musical director for his wife, vocalist Cleo Laine. They have a son Alec who is a leading bass player and a daughter Jacqui who is an eminent vocalist. Click here for Sir John's obituary: Sir John Dankworth
Kenny Davern Clarinet
Soprano Saxophone
b. 7.1.1935
d. 12.12.2006
American clarinettist and saxophonist. Click here for obituary. Kenny Davern
Alan Davie Piano b. 28.9.1920
d. 5.4.2014
Scottish jazz pianist and artist. The Alan Davie Music Workshop made records in the early 1970s and in 1971 gave public music recitals at Gimpels, at the Tate Gallery and at the Camden Arts Centre. There is an album by Alan Davie and Tony Oxley on drums and electronics from the mid-1970s that you can sample and read about if you click here. Click here for Alan's obituary: Alan Davie.
Cyril Davies Blues Harp b. 1932
d. 1964
'Father of the British Blues Harp'. More about Cyril.
John R.T. Davies

Trombone
Multi-instrumentalist
Arranger
Bandleader

b. 20.3.1927
d. 24.5.2004
Trombonist with Sandy Brown and other post-war jazz bands including Mick Mulligan, Ken Colyer, and Acker Bilk. Adopted the name Sheikh Wadi El Yadounia and a fez to play with the Temperence Seven. Started Ristic record label and went on tobecome a major contributor to remastering old recordings. Click here for John's obituary. John R.T. Davies
Julian Davies Bass b. 27.5.1931
d. 14.11.2013
UK bass player with the Crane River Jazz Band. He was educated in Stowe and was a keen record collector as a young man. He was working for EMI when he heard Keny Colyer and the Cran River band and approached Ken who invited him to join the band. The two became friends, Colyer taking Julian under his wing and teaching him to play jazz and he was soon playing alongside Ken, Monty Sunshine and John R.T. Davies.When the band split up, Julian went to study concrete technology at Nottingham University, but he continued to play and joined the Crane's for there occasional reunions. He retired to Dorset from where he chaired the Ken Colyer Trust as well as continuing to play with the Sunset Cafe Stompers. For Julian's obituary click here: Julian Davies.
Art Davis

Bass
Bandleader

b. 5.12.1934
d. 29.7.2007
Played with Max Roachand Dizzy Gillespie from around 1958 to 1961, and with John Coltrane, Quincy Jones and many others. Click here for obituary. Art Davis.
Beryl Davis Vocals b. 16.3.1924
d. 28.10.2011
The singer was born in the Palace Theatre in Plymouth, Devon and her parents were Queenie and Harry Davis. Harry played guitar and banjo and led Oscar Rabin's dance band. Beryl recorded with Al Bowlly when she was twelve, toured and with the Quintet of the Hot Club of France, worked with Paul Fenoulhet, Geraldo and Nat Temple and sang at Glenn Miller's last concert before his plane was lost. She moved to Hollywood where she re-married to Buck Stapleton, a drummer with Glen Miller's band. For Beryl's obituary click here: Beryl Davis.
Kay Davis Vocals b. 5.12.1920
d. 27.1.2012
Clasically trained American singer from Illinois who with Joyce Sherrill and Marie Ellington was one of the three singers in Duke Ellington's band. She sang with Ellington until 1950 when she left to get married and trained to be cordon bleu cook. Click here for Kay's obituary: Kay Davis
Blossom Dearie Vocals
Piano
b. 29.4.1926
d. 7.2.2009
Songwriter, singer and pianist who sang with the Woody Herman and Alvino Rey vocal groups. Moved to Paris in 1952 and formed the Blue Stars of Paris vocal group. Played regularly at Ronnie Scott's Club in London. Click here for Blossom's obituary: Blossom Dearie
Eric Delaney Drums b. 22.5.1924
d. 14.7.2011
UK drummer who won the Best Swing Drummer Award at the age of sixteen, played with Bert Ambrose and formed his own band in 1954. For Eric's obituary click here: Eric Delaney.
Bill Dillard Trumpet    
Diz Disley Guitar
Banjo
Vocals

b. 27.5.1931
d. 22.3.2010

Born in Shropshire but brought up in Canada, guitar player Diz was a prominent player with many UK jazz bands from the 1940s including recording with Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather in 1956. Influenced by Django Reinhardt he played with Stephane Grapelli and after moving to the Folk scene in the 1960s, in 1984 was involved in forming a hot club quintet for Nigel Kennedy. Click here for more Diz's obotuary: Diz Disley. Click here for more informationn: Diz Disley
Bill Dixon Trumpet
Bandleader
Composer
b. 5.10.1925
d. 16.6.2010
Jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer who founded the United Nations Jazz Society, promoted avante-garde jazz in New York, worked to develop the jazz scene in Greenwich Village coffee houses and taught at Bennington College. Click here for Bill's obituary: Bill Dixon.
Arne Domnerus Saxophone b. 20.12.1924
d. 2.9.2008
Swedish alto saxophonist who developed the jazz scene in Stockholm and welcomed many jazz greats to play in that country. and recorded with Clark terry and Benny Carter in the 1990s.For Arne's obituary click here: Arne Domnerus. For video clip click here.
Jackie Dougan Drums

b. c1930
d. 27.1.1973

 
Jim Douglas Guitar b. 1942 Friend and fellow musician who played with Sandy in the 1960s. Also member of Alex Welsh band. For letter from Jim click here.
Kit Downes Piano b. 26.5.1986 British pianist with the bands Empirical and Troyka. Named by Helen Mayhew in Jazzwise as a musician to look out for in 2008. More about Kit.
Martin Drew Drums

b. 11.2.1944
d. 29.7.2010

The British drummer who worked for Ronnie Scott and Oscar Peterson died at Harefield hospital following a heart attack at his home in Wembley. He worked with many musicians whilst he was at Ronnie's including Dizzy Gillespie, Chet Baker and Dexter Gordon. For Martin's obituary click here: Martin Drew.
George Duke Keyboards
Vocals
Composer
Producer
b. 12.1.1946
d. 5.8.2013

American keyboard player, vocalist, composer and producer who collaborated with Cannonball Adderley, Frank Zappa, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Quincy Jones, Frank Zappa, Billy Cobham, John Scofield and Michael Jackson. He led his own jazz-fusion band and partnered bassist Stanley Clarke. His most popular album was A Brazilian Love Affair, reflecting his passion for the country and its music. He played often at the Montreux Jazz Festival. For George's obituary click here: George Duke.

Johnny Duncan

Guitar
Vocals

   
Mac Duncan Trombone b. 9.2.1930
d. 27.10.1981
 
Jerzy Dunin-Kozicki Drums    
Cornell Dupree Guitar b. 19.12.1942
d. 8.5.2011
Born in Texas, he first learned saxophone before switching to guitar. He joined King Curtis band the King Pins and went on to work on many historic recordings by Miles Davis, Etta James, Archie Shepp, Lena Horne and especially Aretha Franklin. For Cornell's obituary click here: Cornell Dupree.
Bobby Durham Drums b. 3.2.1937
d. 6.7.2008
Drummer Bobby Durham was born in Philadelphia. He was fired by Duke Ellington but worked with a string of other prominent bands including those of Oscar Peterson, Cat Anderson, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. For Bobby's obituary click here: Bobby Durham
Eddie Durham Trombone    
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Snooks Eaglin Guitar b. 21.1.1936
d. 18.2.2009
Fird Eaglin Jr - a blind New Orleans guitar player with an amazing ability to remember over 2,000 tunes and used his incredibly long fingers rather than a plectrum. Played with Allen Toussaint in a band called the Flamingoes, but remained in New Orleans for most of his life. Inspired many rock and R&B guitar players. For Snook's obituary click here: Snooks Eaglin.
Stu Eaton Trumpet b. 19.4.1927 Early school friend of Sandy and Al. Trumpet player with Sandy's first band. More about Stu.
David 'Honeyboy' Edwards Blues guitar
Vocals
b. 28.6.1915
d. 29.8.2011

American blues guitarist and singer who was thought to be the last of the Delta bluesmen who included Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and Big Joe Williams. He is reported to have said of white blues players: 'They've got good fingers, but most of them don't have the voice. Let me tell you something, the blues was meant to be played slow, and they play it too fast.' Click here for Honeyboy's obituary: Honeyboy Edwards.

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Guitar
Vocals

   
Herb Ellis Guitar b. 4.8.1921
d. 28.3.2010
Guitar player from Farmersville, near Dallas, who joined Jimmy Dorsey's Orchestra in the 1940s and later became the guitarist with the Oscar Peterson Trio. Herb also played with many other jazz greats throughout his career. For Herb's obituary click here: Herb Ellis
Nick Evans Trombone b. 9.7.1947  
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Bob Fairley Trumpet    
Al Fairweather

Trumpet
Trombone
Composer
Arranger

b. 12.6.1927
d. 21.6.1993

Close friend from Edinburgh's Royal High School days who for a number of years shared leadership of the band with Sandy. Left to join Acker Bilk's band in 1966. Later played with Stan Greig's London Jazz Big Band and Ralph Laing's Groove Juice
Jack Fallon Double Bass
Bass Guitar
Violin
b. 13.10.1915  
Wally Fawkes Clarinet
Sprano Saxophone
Tenor Saxophone
b. 21.6.1924  
John Ferguson Double Bass b. 2.6.1932
d. 12.2011
The Glaswegian double bass player was unexpectedly taken to hospital from his home in London in December 2011 with chest and lung problems. It is said that he suffered from asbestosis from working as a construction worker when he was a young man. Clarinetist John Evans says that John Ferguson 'had played with virtually everyone over a period of forty years. He was a good bass player, quiet and ironic and funny in a quiet sort of way.' Piano and bass player Ron Rubin was shocked to hear the news: 'Not so long ago I was playing with him, John Barnes and Wally Fawkes at the Bowling Club'. John had also been playing regularly at the King's Head in Crouch End, on Fridays at the Spice of Life in Soho and with Chris Hodgkin, John Evans, Mike Nash, Max Britton and Don Cook in North Kensington.
Clare Fischer

Piano
Arranger
Composer

b. 22.10.1928
d. 26.1.2012
American pianist, bandleader, composer, arranger and Grammy award winner (he was nominated 11 times!) who worked with Donald Byrd and Dizzy Gillespie amongst others. He started his own group Salsa Picante in 1975. For Clare's obituary click here: Clare Fischer.
Bob Flanigan Vocals b. 22.8.1926
d. 15.5.2011
Singer with the close-harmony vocal group The Four Freshmen who modelled their music on Stan Kenton's arrangements. They were admired by Woody herman and Dizzy Gillespie and they released their popular version of Duke Ellington's Mood Indigo in 1954. For Bob's obituary click here: Bob Flanigan.
Bob Florence Pianist
Band Leader
Composer
b. 20.5.1932
d. 15.5.2008
Pianist born in Los Angeles who led the big band Bob Florence's Limited Edition. Joined Les Brown's band and then Si Zentor. Wrote arrangements for many bands and artists including Harry James, Louie Bellson, Stan Kenton and Buddy Rich Click here for obituary: Bob Florence.
Clinton Ford Vocals b. 4.11.1931
d. 21.10.2009
Initially known as a skiffle singer, ClintonFord was famous as the vocalist with the Mersysippi Jazz Band in Liverpool and with Kenny Ball's Jazzmen. He was a frequent guest artist with many other bands including the Clyde Valley Stompers and George Chisholm's Gentlemen of Jazz. For Clinton's obituary click here: Clinton Ford
Jim 'Farrie' Forsyth Drums    
Frank Foster Saxophone b. 23.9.1928
d. 26.7.2011
Tenor saxophonist from Cincinnati, Ohio who played with the Count Basie Orchestra and who led the orchestra for nine year's after Basie's death in 1984. For Frank's obituary click here: Frank Foster.
Johnny Fourie Guitar b. 18.5.1937
d. 19.8.2007
South African guitarist who came to London in the 1960s and played with the Ray Ellington Quartet and Ronnie Scott. He returned to South Africa and changed from playing Be-Bop to playing Jazz Fusion. Click here for Johnny's obituary: Johnny Fourie.
Ray Foxley Piano
Bandleader
Composer
b. 28.12.1928
d. 6.7.2002
UK pianist and composer Ray Foxley was born in Birmingham in 1928. In 1946, he formed the Gutbucket Six and then the Levee Ramblers before moving to London to work with Bobby Mickleburgh, Mick Mulligan, Chris Barber and Mike Daniels. He played with Ken Colyer's band, then moved back to the Midlands. He played with many other groups including Ken Ingram and Rod Mason's bands before returning to London and Ken Colyer in 1986. When Ken Colyer died, Ray played with the Colyer Trust Band until 1994. For Ray's obituary click here: Ray Foxley
Bud Freeman Saxophone    
Von Freeman Saxophone b. 3.10.1923
d. 11.8.2012
American tenor saxophonist Earl Lavon Freeman who stayed in his birth city of Chicago even when he was asked to leave to join Miles Davis. He played with Horace Henderson, John Young, Sun Ra, Ahmad Jamal and Andrew Hill and sat in with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and others. He only made recordings under his own name when he reached his late forties. For Von's obituary click here: Von Freeman.
Jeremy French Trombone
Trumpet

b. 4.7.1931
d. 11.11.1989

 
Johnny Frigo Double Bass
Violin
b. 27.12.1916
d. 4.7.2007
Chicago musician who changed to playing the violin in 1988. Sat in with Albert Ammons and played with Tommy Dorsey Al Haig, Kai Winding and formed the Soft WindsTrio with Lou Carter and Herb Ellis. Click here for Johnny's obituary: Johnny Frigo. Or here for Johnny's website
Laurie Frink Trumpet b. 8.8.1951
d. 13.7.2013
American trumpet player from Nebraska who worked with the Benny Goodman and Mel Lewis Orchestras and with Gerry Muligan's Concert Jazz band. She wrote the book: Fexus: Trumpet Calisthenics for the Modern Improvisor and she was a faculty member for several jazz conservatories, mentoring many of today's jazz musicians. For Laurie's obituary click here: Laurie Frink.
Arthur Fryatt Drums    
Knud Fryland Guitar    
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Will Gaines Dance b. 6.4.1928
d. 7.5.2014
American tap dancer / hoofer who moved to the UK (Rotherham and later Leigh-on-Sea) in the 1960s. In America he had performed in Harlem alongside Charlie Parker,  Cab Calloway, Django Reinhardt and Nat King Cole, in the UK, he worked Humphrey Lyttelton, Alex Welsh, Ronnie Scott , Stan Tracey and Derek Bailey. He regularly played the London Palladium and performed for Princess Margaret. He was a popular visitor to the Edinburgh festival, ‘where he would improvise steps to any aural stimulation going, from jazz to readings of modern poetry’. For Will's obituary click here: Will Gaines.
Peter Galpin Guitar b. 1950
d. 10.2012
Oxford based jazz, blues and soul guitarist nicknamed ‘Mr Chill Out’ who played in the bands The Julian Line and Blue Rumour. Born in Cheadle, he lived for the last 20 years in Oxford where he taught and where he played in local venues. For Peter's obituary click here: Peter Galpin.
Paul Gamblin Guitar d. 16.10.2010 UK guitarist. David Speake says of Paul: 'I worked alongside him in the 80's in a band with Martin Speake, Simon Purcell, Dudley Phillips and Dawson Miller. I remember him being the perfect replacement for the previous guitarist and a totally cool guy. He was an extremely good player, but very humble, always even tempered and a pleasure to work with.' If you would like to add your comments to the Book of Condolence for Paul click here
Allan Ganley

Drums
Composer
Arranger

b. 11.3.1931
d. 29.3.2008
Drummer, composer and arranger born in Tolworth, Surrey. Played with many famous bands and musicians, but particularly with John Dankworth. He was also house drummer at Ronnie Scott's Club for three years. Click here for Allan's obituary: Allan Ganley. Or here for Allan's website.
Russ Garcia Trumpet
Arranger
b. 12.4.1916
d. 19.11.2011
American trumpeter and arranger who initially played for Horace Heidt and Al Donahue. In the 1950s he wrote arrangements for Buddy De Franco, Roy Eldridge, Johnny Hodges and Charlie Barnet and recorded under his own name. His group, the Wigville Band, included Charlie Mariano, Jimmy Giuffre and Pete and Conte Candoli. Russ eventually moved to New Zealand. For Russ's obituary click here: Russ Garcia.
James Gardiner-Bateman Saxophone b. 1985 British alto-saxophone player attending Royal Academy of Music from 2008 and playing with Dennis Rollins's Badbone & Co and a number of Bristol based bands including Hélélé. More about James
Robin Gardner Trombone b. ?
d. 1. 2010
Mel Henry remembers Robin who passed through the Departure Lounge in January. 'He was a good friend, a wonderful guy, and much loved in the West London jazz scene. He was the son of Freddie Gardner, one of the finest English sax players pre-war. Robin was given a rousing send-off at the Bull's Head on Thursday 28th January with lots of music from mates of the Sound of Seventeen big band (he led the trombone section). I vaguely remember playing with a four-man trombone front line (all considerably better than me) at the end - Robin would have been proud.' (We have not ben able to find an obituary link for Robin).
Michael Garrick

Composer
Piano
Bandleader
Educationalist

b. 30.5.1933
d. 11.11.2011
UK composer and pianist whose recording of Blues For The Lonely with Joe Harriott and Shake Keane on a Poetry and Jazz EP was a significant step in a career that went on to see him make 30 albums, including Dusk Fire with Ian Carr-Don Rendell, and become a respected teacher at Trinity College, the Royal Academy and the Guildhall School of Music in London as well as establishing his own Jazz Academy. Click here for Michael's obituary: Michael Garrick.
Al Gay Saxophone b. 1928
d. 2013
Pete Neighbour tells us that UK tenor saxophonist Al Gay passed through the Departure Lounge in October. We still have to verify this as we have not yet seen an obituary for Al. Over the past few years, Al has chosen to be ‘incommunicado’. Born in 1928, Al played with the Jive Bobers before joining Freddy Randall’s band in 1953. He went on to play with Bob Wallis’s Storyville Jazzmen, Alex Welsh, the Animals’ Big Band, the World’s Greatest Jazz band, the Stan Greig’s London Jazz Big Band and with Digby Fairweather, Laurie Chescoe and Ron Russell.
Kofi Ghanaba Drums b. 4.5.1923
d. 22.12.2008
Otherwise known as Guy Warren, but whose real name was Gamaliel Akwei was a drummer who pioneered Afro-jazz. Associated with Charlie Parker, Miles Davis and Thelonius Monk he was originally part of E.T. Mensah's high life band in 1947. Played with Kenny Graham's Afro-Cubists in London in 1950. For Kofi's obituary click here: Kofi Ghanaba
Jimmy Giuffre Clarinet
Composer
Bandleader
b. 26.4.1921
d. 24.4.2008
Clarinettist and composer who played with many musicians including Jimmy Dorsey, Gene Roland, Shelly Manne, Shorty Rogers, Jack Sheldon and fronted his own bands. Wrote the number 'Four Brothers', and from 1957 also became a music teacher. For Jimmy's obituary click here: Jimmy Giuffre.
Belle Gonzalez Vocals   Singer on the Sandy Brown album Dr McJazz. Click here for our profile of Belle Gonzalez.
Benny Goodman Drums

b. c1927
d. c1974

 
Eydie Gormé Vocals b. 16.8.1928
d. 10.8.2013
American singer who worked with the Tommy Tucker and Tex Beneke’s bands and the Ray Eberle orchestra before branching out on her own. Married to singer Steve Lawrence they frequently perofrmed together as well as following their individual careers. For Eydie's obituary click here: Eydie Gormé
Bobby Graham Drums b. 11.3.1940
d. 14.9.2009
Born Robert Neate in North London, he left school intending to be a jazz drummer but was offered work playing rock and roll which he did successfully for most of his career playing with Joe Brown, Marty Wilde, the John Barry Seven and many others. In the 1980s he moved away from music but later returned forming his own band The Jazz Experience. For Bobby's obituary click here: Bobby Graham
Dave Green Double Bass b. 5.3.1942  
Bill Greenow Clarinet
Saxophone
b. 21.7.1940
d. 7.10.2011
UK clarinettist and saxophonist who used to play with Barry Martyn, and with Cuff Billett in the band Strong Jazz. He joined Les Haricots Rouge, then the Temperance Seven. Bill moved to Sweden and then joined the Belgian Gypsiy group Waso. He moved to France and played with Lars Edegran's band before returning to Britain in 1994. Jamie Evans recalls that Bill played in Bill Nile's Goodtime Band and recalls gigging a lot with Bill in the 1970s and 1980s. Bill had been seriously ill in hospital in Gillingham, Kent with cardiovascular disease and a leg amputation and passed peacefully through the Departure Lounge in hospital on October 7th. For more information about Bill, click here: Bill Greenow
Stan Greig Piano
Drums
Bandleader
Arranger
b. 12.8.1930
d. 18 11.2012
Scottish pianist, drummer and bandleader who with Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather emerged in the 1940s and 1950s to make a great impression on UK jazz. Stan went on to play with Humphrey Lyttelton and Acker Bilk and was instrumental is setting up the London Jazz Big Band as well as leading his own groups. For Stan's obituary click here: Stan Greig.
Johnny Griffin Saxophone
Composer
b. 24.4.1928
d. 25.7.2008
Chicago born tenor saxophonist who played with Lionel Hampton, Bud Powell, Thelonius Monk, Art Blakey and John Coltrane. For Johnny's obituary click here: Johnny Griffin.
George Gruntz Piano
Bandleader
Composer
b. 24.6.1932
d. 10.1.2013
Swiss pianist, composer and bandleader whose Concert Jazz Band under Quincy Jones supported Miles Davis during his 1991 tour. As well as leading his own bands, George played with many others including Flavio Ambrosetti, Marshall Brown, Duško Goyković, Phil Wood and Don Cherry. For George's obituary click here: George Gruntz.
Tata Guines Percussion b. 30.6.1930
d. 4.2.2008
Born in Cuba, he played with many musicians including Dizzy Gillespie and Miles Davis. Although he never took part in the best-selling recordings of the Buena Vista Social Club, he was involveed in the rediscovery of Cuban music. For Tata's obituary click here: Tata Guines
Guru (Keith Elam)

Jazz-Rap

b. 17.7.1966
d. 19.4.2010
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, he got together with DJ Premier to form the jazz-rap duo Gang Starr mixing electronic beats that linked hip-hop to bebop. Guru died of cancer at the age of 43. For Guru's obituary click here: Guru
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Earle H. Hagen Trombone
Composer
Arranger
b. 9.7.1919
d. 26.5.2008
Trombone player with Tommy Dorsey and Benny Goodman who went on to score music for well known American television series. Born in Chicago, Earle played with Ben Pollack and Ray Noble when he left Goodman and Dorsey. For Earle's obituary click here: Earle H. Hagen
Andy Hague

Trumpet
Flugelhorn
Bandleader
Arranger
Composer

b. 1965 West Country trumpet player based in Bristol. Plays with his own Quintet, Big Bandt and Silverado band asa well as with many other big and small groups. Runs BeBop Club at The Bear in Bristol. Click here for Any's Profile: Andy Hague.
Connie Haines Vocals b. 20.1.1921
d. 22.9.2008
Sang with the Tommy Dorsey band in the early 1940s when the band featured Buddy Rich, Bunny Berigan, Joe Bushkin, Frank Sinatra and Jo Stafford, although she didn't get on with Sinatra. Born Yvonne JaMais, she changed her name when she joined Harry James band in 1938. Shge became a solo singer, she recorded for many of the major labels and appeared on many TV variety programmes. For Connie's obituary click here: Connie Haines
Pat Halcox Trumpet b. 18.3.1930
d. 4.2.2013
UK trumpeter who played for many years with the Chris Barber band. Pat replaced Ken Colyer in the band in 1954 and with Monty Sunshine on clarinet, the band prospered. For Pat's obituary clich here: Pat Halcox
Barrie Lee Hall, Jr Trumpet b. 30.6.1949
d. 29.1.2011
American trumpet player discovered whilst still at college by Duke Ellington. Went on to lead the trumpet section, win Grammy’s, tour the world, and do incredible work archiving Ellington’s collection. He was also a sideman working with Kenny Garrett, Patti La Belle and many others. Click here for Barrie talking about his life. Click here for a video of him playing. For Barrie's obituary click here: Barrie Lee Hall Jr.
Jim Hall Guitar b. 4.12.1930
d. 10.12.2013
American guitarist born in Buffalo, New York who took up the guitar at eleven and was playing professionally as a teenager. He played with many jazz greats including Chico Hamilton, Jimmy Giuffre, Sonny Rollins, Lee Konitz and Art Farmer, to name but a few. Later, until 1995, he taught at the New School for Social Research in New York. For Jim's obituary click here: Jim Hall.
Bengt Hallberg Pianist
Composer
b. 13.9.1932
d. 2.7.2013
Swedish pianist and composer who was playing in jazz band and recording by his mid-teens. Accompanied Stan getz and Lee Konitz on their 1951 tour of Sweden and went on to play with Clifford Brown, Quincy Jones, and others when they came to Sweden. He led his own trios, recording and performing on Swedish radio. He was known for his work with saxophonist Arne Domnerus and later as he played less, still emerged in his late 70s to play at the memorial concert for Domnérus. In 2012 he participated in a two-piano concert with Jan Lundgren at the Ystad jazz festival in Sweden. Click here for Bengt's obituary: Bengt Hallberg.
Andy Hamilton Saxophone
Bandleader
b. 26.3.1918
d. 3.6.2012
Jamaican tenor saxophone basis who went to New York as a migrant worker in 1944 where he heard and met well known jazz musicicians. Returning to Jamaica, he stowed away on a banana boat to come to England where he settled in Birmingham. He played with Dizzy Reed and Sam Walker and set up his own band, led workshops and encouraged youngestrs through his big band. For Andy's obiruary click here: Andy Hamilton.
Chico Hamilton Drums
Bandleader
b. 20.9.1921
d. 25.11.2013
American drummer and bandleader born in Los Angeles who initially played with Lionel Hampton, Lester Young and Duke Ellington. He enjoyed working with big bands including those of Charlie Barnet and Count Basie and evolved his style through be bop into jazz rock and fusion. He was still playing at 90. Click here for Chico's obituary: Chico Hamilton
Jake Hanna Drums b. 4.4.1931
d. 12.2.2010
Drummer from Dorchester, Massachusetts who played with Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Duke Ellington, Harry James and Herb Pomeroy. For Jake's obituary click here: Jake Hanna
Al Harewood Drums b. 3.6.1923
d. 13.3.2014
American drummer and teacher who worked with the J.J. Johnson / Kai Winding grou and with Art Farmer, Gigi Grice, Curtis Fuller and Benny Golson. He had a long association with saxophonist Stanley Turrentine in the 1950s/1960s and recorded with many other musicians. For more about Al click here: Al Harewood.
Steve Harris Percussion
Composer
b. 16.8.1948
d. 11.1.2008
Percussionist and founder of the Dorset ensemble 'Zaum', and founder of the improvising collective 'SafeHouse'. For Steve's obituary click here: Steve Harris
Kenny Harrison Drums d. 30.11.2012 Australian drummer born in Southampton, England who played with Nat Gonella and Graeme Bell's Allstars. Click here for a tribute by the Savoy Quintet: Kenny Harrison.
Joe Harriott

Alto Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Piano
Composer

b. 15.7.1928
d. 2.1.1973

 
Keef Hartley Drums b. 10.4.1944
d. 26.11.2011
UK drummer mainly known for his work with John Mayall. Starting as a rock musician in the 1960s, he joined John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the late 1960s and started drawing on jazz, blues and rock music. In the early 1970s he formed a large jazz-rock band with Derek Wadsworth and Barbara Thompson and in 1971 they recorded a live album from the Marquee entitled Little Big Band. For Keef's obituary click here: Keef Hartley.
Eddie Harvey Trombone
Piano
Composer
Arranger
b. 15.11.1925
d. 9.10.2012
Head of Jazz Studies at the London College of Music and tutor at the Royal College of Music, trombonist, pianist, composer and arranger Eddie Harvey played with George Webb, Freddy Randall, John Dankworth, Don Rendell and Tony Kinsey amongst many others. For Eddie's obituary click here: Eddie Harvey.
Lennie Hastings Drums
Vocals

b. 5.1.1925
d. 14.7.1978

 
Richard Hawdon Trumpet
Bandleader
b. 27.8.1927
d. 24.6.2009
British trumpeter and bandleader who played with Chris Barber and the Christie Brothers in the 1950s before going on to play with Tubby Hayes, and John Dankworth amongst others. For obituary click here: Richard Hawdon
Johnny Hawksworth Double Bass
Piano
Composer
b. 20.1.1924  
Spike Heatley Double Bass
Cello
b. 17.2.1933  
Dick Heckstall-Smith Saxopohones b. 26.9.1934  
Neal Hefti Trumpet
Composer
Arranger
b. 29.10.1922
d. 11.10.2008
Trumpet player and great jazz orchestrator who wrote 'Skyliner' whilst with Charlie Barnet's band and all the music for The Atomic Mr Basie album, including the number 'Li'l Darlin'. Played with Woody Herman and wrote for Herman, Charlie Ventura and Harry James as well a number of films. For Neal's obituary click here: Neal Hefti.
Peter Herbolzheimer Trombone
Guitar
Bandleader
Composer
b. 31.12.1935
d. 27.3.2010
Born in Bucharest, Peter moved to Germany where he played trombone and guitar and extablished his big band the Peter Herbolzheimer Rhythm Combinations and Brass. Click here for Peter's more information: Peter Herbolzheimer
Doug Higgins Drums    
Andrew Hill Pianist
Composer
b. 30.6.1931
d. 20.4.2007
American composer and pianist from the post-bop generation. Member of Blue Note Records roster in the 1960's. Influenced/taught Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea and Keith Jarrett. Click here for obituary. Andrew Hill.
Fred Ho Saxophones b. 10.8.1957
d. 12.4.2014

Chinese American saxophonist / multi-instrumentalist who also performed under the name Fred Houn. He formed the first of his Afro Asian Music Ensembles in 1982. His ballet-operas were inspired by the Chinese novel known in English as Monkey. He also composed complex collages of Chinese folklore, black American politics, African anti-colonialism and feminism in large-scale works such as the 1991 opera Warrior Sisters. He led the Green Monster Big Band. Click here for Fred's obituary: Fred Ho.

Major Holley Bass    
Red Holloway Saxophone
Bandleader
b. 31.5.1927
d. 25.2.2012
American saxophonist from Arkansas. He took up the tenor sax when he was twelve and in his twenties worked with Billie Holiday, Dexter Gordon, Muddy Waters, B B King and Roosevelt Sykes. In the 1960s he toured with organist Brother Jack McDuff before becoming bandleader at the Persian Room in Los Angeles. For red's obituary click here: Red Holloway.
Jim Holmes Trumpet b.
d. 12.2013

Ron Drakeford tells us of the passing of Jim Holmes whose funeral was hel;d in Bridport, Dorset on January 3rd. UK trumpeter born in London. Introduced to jazz by his brother, he took up the trumpet at eighteen and joined the Mike Pointon band in the 1950s. In the 1960s he went to New Orleans where he took lessons from Punch Miller and sat in with the George Lewis band. He played with Albert Nicholas, Butch Thompson and Sammy Rimington amongst others and was one of the founder members of the Excelsior New Orleans Brass Band and the Excelsior Vintage Jazz Band. Ron Drakeford says: 'Jim, Mike Pointon, John Deffery, Bill Stagg and myself made up the original "Lounge Lizards" which was formed to play at Bill Stagg's brother's wedding in Sheffield area in early sixties. Bill's brother Tom was a regular jazz event organiser and is currently resident in New Orleans where he has a record outlet. Sad news to hear of Jim's demise at this time of the year especially.' We do not have an obituary fot Jim at present, but click his name for his details on the Excelsior bands website: Jim Holmes. or here Jim Holmes if you can send us more information.

Johnny Hope

Saxophone
Clarinet

b. 2.9.1925
d. 3.6.2007
London Caribbean saxophonist originally from Barbadoswhose model was Charlie Parker. He worked in London with saxophonist Eric Deans and with pianist Doc Watson amongst others. Click here for obituary. Johnny Hope.
George ' Hoppy' Hopkinson Drums
Washboard
b. 2.9.1922  
Lena Horne Vocals b. 30.6.1917
d. 9.5.2010
Legendary singer born in New York and who made her debut as a chorus girl at the Cotton Club before going on to sing with Noble Sissle, Charlie Barnet and many others. Married to Lennie Hayton, she appeared in movies and stage shows and in the 1960s dedicated herself to the civil rights movement. For Lena's obituary click here: Lena Horne
Bert Houtheusen Saxophone b. 16.5.1916
d. 28.4.2013
UK saxophone player of Dutch ancestry but born in Streatham. He taught himself saxophone and at school formed a band with Max Jones (later a jazz critic). In the 1930s he worked with the Nicholas Brothers, Arthur Gregory, The Rhythm Club Band and Joe ‘Mr Piano’ Henderson. When War came, he joined the RAF No1 Band (the Squadronaires) as did George Chisholm. After the War he continued to work for the RAF until 1966. For Bert's obituary click here: Bert Houtheusen.
Noah Howard Saxophone b. 6.4.1943
d. 3.9.2010
Alto saxophone player of the expressionist African-American free jazz movement of the 1960s. Worked with Archie Shepp, Bill Dixon, Sun Ra and Pharoah Sanders. In 1971, he formed a self-help group (the New York Musicians' Organisation), with Coleman and Sun Ra among the members. For Noah's obituary click here: Noah Howard.
Ian Howarth Drums b. 21.8.1948
d. 30.12.2008
Drummer originally from Lancashire who played washboard in his school skiffle group and trombone in his school orchestra before taking up the drums. Original member of Vintage Syncopators, one of Red Hayes' Jazz Wizards, and played with and led the Temperence Seven. More recently in the 1990s played with Alan Cooper's Trio. Click here for Ian's obituary: Ian Howarth
Freddie Hubbard Trumpet b. 7.4.1938
d. 29.12.2008
Trumpeter who burst onto the jazz scene in 1959 and went on to play with Philly Jo Jones, Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, J.J. Johnson, Art Blakey, Quincy Jones, Herbie Hancock and others. Click here for Freddie's obituary: Freddie Hubbard
Fred Hunt Piano

b. 21.9.1923
d. 25.4.1986

 
Basil Hunter Piano
Bandleader
Composer
b. 1918
d. 2012
Pianist, bandleader and composer who was born in Swansea but as a child, moved to Canada where he led the Basil Hunter Trion from the 1950s to the 1980s. For Basil's obituary click here: Basil Hunter
Denny Hutchinson Drums    
Jack Hutton Trumpet
Editor - Melody Maker
b. 17.4.1928
d. 24.8.2008
Scottish trumpet player. He and his wife were keen jazz fans and founded the Dundee Jazz Club. Jack is better known as Editor of the Melody Maker where he ensured that jazz interest was maintained amongst the pop news. For Jack's obituary click here: Jack Hutton.
Tom Hyatt

Trombone
Vibes
Piano
Vocals

d. 28.2.2014 George Wheeler tells us about trumpeter Tom Hyatt who passed through the Departure Lounge on 28 February - 'Tom was serving with the United States Air Force and in the early eighties was fronting the Queen City Jazz Band in Denver, Colorado, He was then posted to RAF Bentwaters  in Suffolk where he played with many local musicians from Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk. Following his posting back to the USA he played trumpet with The Barbary Coast Dixieland Band. In recent years in Cincinnati Tom was co-leader with the trombone player Dick Haldeman  of a band called Bone Voyage, a title derived from the fact that Tom also played valve trombone and their vibraphone player also played valves trombone and trumpet. Tom also played vibraphone, sang and was a classically trained pianist.
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Alex Imrie Guitar    
Keith Ingham Piano
Arranger
b. 5.2.1938  
Dennis Irwin

Bass
Clarinet
Saxophone

b.28.11.1951
d. 8.3.2008
Bass player born in Alabama who started on clarinet and saxophone before making the bass his main instrument. Played with Betty Carter, Art Blakey, Chet Baker, Horace Silver and Susannah McCorkle amongst others. For more information click here: Dennis Irwin
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Dizzy Jackson Bass b. 14.7.1932 Bass player with Sandy Brown's early band who remained playing with local bands in Edinburgh when Sandy went to London. More about Dizzy.
Franz Jackson Saxophone b. 1.11.1912
d. 6.5.2008
Saxophone player with Fats Waller, Roy Eldridge, Fletcher Henderson, Lopuis Armstron and Jelly Roll Morton. He was touring Europe in 1981 and joined Jim Beebe's band in 1990. For obituary click here: Franz Jackson
Ronald Shannon Jackson Drums b. 12.1.1940
d. 19.10.2013
American drummer born in Texas who was playing jazz locally by his teens. He moved to New York and worked as a session player with Charles Mingus, Betty Carter and Jackie McLean and then went on to join Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time. He later formed his own Decoding Society band. For Ronald's obituary click here: Ronald Shannon Jackson.
Etta James Vocals b. 25.1.1938
d. 20.1.2012
Soul singer with a huge voice who was born in Los Angeles and 'discovered' by Johnny Otis who called her 'Miss Peaches'. She recorded with musicians such as Allen Toussaint, Harold Battiste and many others but saw liitle of the money she earned. Since 1961 she was addicted to hard drugs. More recently she suffered from dementia and leukaemia and was taken to hospital in December with breathing problems. For Etta's obituary click here: Etta James
Robbie Jansen

Saxophone
Flute
Vocals
Arranger
Composer

b. 5.8.1949
d. 7.7.201
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South African alto saxophonist, flautist, singer, arranger and composer who was a key figure in the Cape jazz scene. By 13 he had played in two school bands. Worked with Abdullah Ibrahim, Basil Coetzee and the bands Juluka, Spirits Rejoice, Workforce and Sabenza. For Robbie's obituary click here: Robbie Jansen.
Janos Jaray Drums    
Zbigniew Jaremko Saxophone    
Herb Jeffries Vocals b. 24.9.1913
d. 25.5.2014
American actor who started out in Detroit singing with Erskine Tate’s band and then moved to New York at the suggestion of Louis Armstrong.  He went on to sing with Earl Hines and Duke Ellington, but his main career was in Hollywood Westerns.  It is not entirely certain when he was born or who his father was, but he celebrated his 100th birthday in 2013. For Herb's obituary click here: Herb Jeffries.
Poul Preben Jensen Drums    
Henrik Johansen Vocals    
Dill Jones Piano b. 19.8.1923
d. 22.6.1984
 
Hank Jones Piano b. 31.7.1918
d. 16.5.2010
Pianist who played with so many great jazz musicians including Andy Kirk, John Kirby, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman and Tommy Flanagan to name but a few. He was also Ella Fitzgerald's accompanist for six years and to Marilyn Monroe when she sang Happy Brithday to President John Kennedy. For Hank's obituary click here: Hank Jones
Ronny Jordan Guitar

b. 29.11.1962
d. 13.1.2014

Self-taught Jamaican / UK guitarist born Robert Simpson who made Miles Davis’s So What a dance floor hit in 1992. He became a key figure of the 1990s acid-jazz movement and was still working on a new project Straight-Up Street during 2013. For Ronny's obituary click here: Ronny Jordan.
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Dinah Kaye Vocals b. 2.2.1924
d. 12.9.2011
Born Kay Cumming, Dinah Kaye was a popular jazz and blues singer of the 1950s and 1960s. She sang with many bands including those of Harry Parry, Nat Allen, Cyril Stapleton, Tommy Sampson and Terry Lightfoot and appeared with Louis Armstrong and Tony Bennett. In 1965 she came second to Cleo Laine in a Melody Maker Jazz Poll and she appeared regularly on Humphrey Lyttelton's radio programme. For Dinah's obituary click here: Dinah Kaye.
Bob Keane Clarinet
Bandleader
b. 5.1.1922
d. 28.11.2009
Californian clarinettist who formed his first big band at the age of 17. Forged a relationship with Artie Shaw and fronted the band on occasion before establishing his own record label Del-Fi Recording and signed Richie Valens and othe popular music acts. For Bob's obituary click here: Bob Keane.
Dave Keir Trumpet b. 9.4.1928 Played trumpet with Sandy's band in Edinburgh while Al Fairweather was on National Service. Currently leads his Hot 5 band in Scotland. More about Dave.
Pete King Tenor Sax b. 23.8.1929
d. 20.12.2009
UK tenor sax player who worked with Vic Lewis, Jack Parnell, Kathy Stobart Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott and who finally went into management, opening the first Ronnie Scott Club with Ronnie in Gerrard Street in 1959. For Pete's obituary click here: Pete King.
Teddi King Vocals
Piano
b. 18.9.1929
d. 18.11.1977
Recorded with Nat Pierce in 1949, then with Beryl Booker. Toured with George Shearing from 1952. Influenced by Lee Wiley and Mildred Bailey. For more about Teddi click here orto see and hear her click here.
Brian 'Drag' Kirby Bass    
Eddie Kirkland Guitar
Vocals
b. 16.8.1923
d. 27.2.2011
Jamaican blues singer and guitarist who moved to New Orleans and then to Detroit. He was an occasional partner to John Lee Hooker and toured with Otis Redding. Click here for Eddie's obituary: Eddie Kirkland.
Harry Klein Baritone Saxophone b. 25.12.1928
d. 30.6.2010
Leading exponent of the baritone saxophone in British jazz during the 1950s. Harry played with Kenny Baker, Ronnie Scott, Tommy Whittle and with the Jazz Today Unit. In 1956 he joined Stan Kenton's Orchestra. He led his own bands and, with saxophonist Vic Ash, co-led the Jazz Five between 1960 and 1962. Harry was also a small time actor. For more about Harry click here: Harry Klein.
Marie Knight Vocals b. 1920
d. 30.8.2009
Gospel singer who came to prominence touring with Sister Rosetta Tharpe and who performed in many famous jazz venues. For Marie's obituary click here: Marie Knight
Jerzy Kowalski Trombone    
Georgia Carroll Kyser Vocals b. 18.11.1919
d. 14.1.2011
Singer with Kay Kyser's band in the 1940s. She was also a fashion model appearing on the cover of Vogue magazine. For more about Georgia click here: Georgia Carroll Kyser.
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Drew Landles Piano d. .9 2010 Drew Landles was one of the Edinburgh crowd playing piano in Sandy Brown's band in 1952-1953. Sandy, Will and Drew all attended the Art College, becoming in time successful architects. Sandy and Will then became London based while Drew remained in Edinburgh. I don't believe he ever intended to be a full-time musician although he could certainly have.' Drew was one of those who with Jim Keppie set up the Edinburgh Jazz Archive.
Pete La Roca Drums b. 7.4.1938
d. 19.11.2012
American drummer born Peter Sims. Born in New York City he went on to play with Sonny Rollins, Jackie McLean, Slide Hampton, John Coltrane Art Farmer and many others. He was the house drummer at the Jazz Workshop in Boston but left music in 1968 to become a lawyer but returned in 1979 when he recorded an album on Blue Note Swingtime. For Pete's obituary click here: Pete La Roca
Yusef Lateef Reeds
Multi-instrumentalist
Composer
Bandleader
b. 9.10 1920
d. 23.12.2013
American reeds player and multi-instrumentalist born William Huddleston in Tennessee. He grew up in Detroit in the Swing era and astarted to play the sxophone at eighteen. In his 20s he played with Lucky Millinder, Roy Eldridge and others, and toured with Dizzy Gillespie in 1949 until his wife became ill and he had to stop playing He converted to Islam and eventually went to Wayne State University to study composition and flute before starting to lead and record with his own band. Continued his studies at Manhatten School of Music where he also taught. During his career he recorded more than 100 albums. For Yusef's obituary click here: Yusef Lateef.
Don Lawson Drums
Percussion
Composer
b. 7.7.1930  
Freddy Legon Guitar
Banjo
Vocals
b. 30.8.1925  
Charlie Leighton Harmonica b. 1921
d. 2009
Possibly the last of the great American harmonica players from the thirties. He was a consumate jazz player but recorded rarely on his own. For more about Charlie click here: Charlie Leighton
Brian Lemon Piano
Arranger
b. 11.2.1937  
Danny Levan Guitar    
Tony Levin Drums b. 30.1.1940
d. 3.2.2011
English drummer born in Shropshire who played with numerous bands including Tubby Hayes, Alan Skidmore, Humphrey Lyttelton, and John Surman. He ran his own monthly jazz club in Birmingham and played extensively in recent years with saxophonist Paul Dunmail. For information about Tony click here: Tony Levin
Vic Lewis Guitar
Banjo
Bandleader
Agent
b. 29.7.1919
d. 9.2.2009
Guitar and banjo player from London who sat in/ played with Joe Marsala, Bobby Hackett, Eddie Condon, Stan Kenton and Tommy Dorsey. Formed the Vic Lewis Jazzmen and then a big band that at times included Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Kenny Wheeler and Kathy Stobart. From 1959 worked mostly as a booking agent. For obituary click here: Vic Lewis
Terry Lightfoot

Clarinet
Saxophones
Vocals

b. 21.5.1935
d. 15.3.2013

British band leader. Recorded with Sandy and others on 'Clarinet Jamboree' album in October 1959. Terry formed his New Orleans Jazz Band in 1955 and claimed they were the first band to use the word 'Trad'. He and his brother, Paddy, a banjo player, were both in the Wood Green Stompers until Terry left to do his National Service, returning to form his own band. Like Ball, Barber and Bilk, his was a popular touring band. He made a historic recording 'Slab's Blues' with three other clarinettists Archie Semple, Sandy Brown and Acker Bilk. He disbanded his band in 1966 as trad jazz declined, but started playing with Paddy again in the 1970s and reformed his band in 1983. For Terry's obituary click here: Terry Lighfoot

Abbey Lincoln Vocals b. 6.8.1930
d. 14.8.2010
Singer inluenced by Billie Holiday early in her life and went on to sing with Benny Carter, Max Roach (who she married), Stan Getz and Hank Johnson amongst others. In 1957 became a champion of the Civil Rights movement. For Abbey's obituary click here: Abbey Lincoln.
Jasper Livesey Saxophone    
Alan Lomax

Guitar
Vocals

   
Huey Long Guitar
Vocals
b. 24.4.1904
d. 10.6.2009
Singer and guitarist, has died at the age of 105. Probably best remembered for being with the Ink Spots, but he also played with Frank Davis's Louisiana Jazz band, Lil Armstrong, Fletcher henderson, Earl Hines and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis. Click here for Huey's obituary: Huey Long.
Orlando 'Cachaito' Lopez Bass b. 2.1933
d. 9.2.2009
Bass player with the Buena Vista Social Club but who had also played with jazz bands in Cuba. Click here for Orlando's obituary: Orlando Lopez
Louisiana Red
(Iverson Minter)
Guitar
Vocals
b. 23.3.1932
d. 25.2.2012
American guitarist and Blues singer born Iverson Minter. He hung around with John Lee Hooker and Eddie Burns and was influenced by Lightnin' Hopkins and Muddy Waters. He toured and recorded through most European countries in the 1960s and 1970s. Click here for his obituary: Louisiana Red
Lawrence Lucie Guitar b. 18.12.1907
d. 14.8.2009
Guitar player who played with Duke Ellington and Fletcher Henderson and was the last living musician to have recorded with Jelly Roll Morton. Click here for Larry's obituary: Lawrence Lucie.
Jon Lucien

Vocals
Multi-instrumentalist

b. 8.1.1942
d. 18.8.2007

Born Lucien Harrigan in British Virgin Islands, he collaborated with Weather Report and Grover Washington Jr. producing a smooth soul-jazz reputation with his baritone voice. For obituary click here. Jon Lucien.
David Lund Piano d. 2010 David was a UK jazz pianist who played at many jazz venues including the Pizza Express in Soho, but is well known for the Thursday jazz concerts he ran for 25 years that featured many famous musicians. He was Head of English at University College School and in 1995 was presented with the BBC Jazz Society Award. Sadly his brother Peter, who wrote this rememberance and who cared for David for many of his later years, has also since passed through the departure lounge. For David's obituary click here: David Lund
Nellie Lutcher Vocals
Piano
Composer
b. 15.10.1915
d. 8.6.2007
American singer from Louisiana, influenced by Nina Simone. Joined Clarence Hart's Imperial Jazz band at 14, and Southern Rhythm Boys at 28. Started recording for Capitol in 1947 as Nellie Lutcher and her Rhythm. Click here for obituary. Nellie Lutcher.
Claude Luter Clarinet

b. 23.7.1923
d. 6.10.2006

French clarinettist and bandleader. A prominent musician in Paris, Luter came to jazz in 1938 influenced by Johnny Dodds and then by Sidney Bechet. Luter was 26 when Bechet came to Paris and the two worked closely together until Bechet died in 1959.Click here for obituary.Claude Luter
Humphrey Lyttelton Trumpet
Clarinet
Tenor Horn
Composer
b. 23.5.1921
d. 25.4.2008
British band leader / radio presenter. Encouraged the band when Sandy and Al first moved to London. Invited them to join his own band for the recording of 'Four's Company' and 'Forty And Tight' on Parlophone in 1953. More about Humph. For Humph's obituary click here: Humphrey Lyttelton.
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Teo Macero Saxophone
Composer
Producer
b. 30.10.1925
d. 19.2.2008
Born in Glen Falls, New York, he studied at the Juilliard School of Music and helped Charles Mingus form the Jazz Composers Workshop. He produced the recordings of many jazz greats including Brubeck's 'Time Out' album and Miles Davis's 'Kind Of Blue'. For Teo's obituary click here: Teo Macero.
Henry MacKenzie Clarinet
Saxophone
b. 15.2.1923
d. 2.9.2007
Clarinet and saxophone player with the Ted Heath band. He also played freelance clarinet with Henry Mancini, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Don Lusher and George Chisholm. For Henry's obituary click here: Henry MacKenzie.
Spike Mackintosh Trumpet    
Ross MacManus Trumpet
Vocals
b. 20.10.1927
d. 24.11.2011
The father of singer Elvis Costello, Ross MacManus was a trumpeter and singer from Merseyside who favoured bebop and went on to play with Ronnie Ross and Tubby Hayes before joining Bob Miller and then Joe Loss, developing his career as a singer. For Ross's obituary click here: Ross MacManus
Richard Madgewick Piano b. 21.8.1944
d. 17.8.2013
Mike Durrell writes: 'Pianist Richard Madgewick passed away on the 17th August. He was an old and very great friend and was only staying with us for a few days about a month ago and seemed fine at the time, in fact he depped for Alan Berry in the gig I do every Tuesday. He will be greatly missed.' Classically trained, Richard gave up his job in the insurance industry when he was thirty to play music full-time. He worked with many around the Croydon area and was pianist with the John Miller band. For Richard's obituary click here: Richard Madgewick.
Tim Mahn Bass    
Henry Majewski Trumpet    
Joe Maneri Saxophone
Clarinet
b. 9.2.27
d 24.8.2009
Saxophonist, clarinettist and microtonal jazz music explorer from Brooklyn who usually played and recorded during the 1990s and early 2000s with his son Mat. For Joe's obituary click here: Joe Maneri
Istvan Mankovits Bass    
Charlie Mariano Alto Sax b. 12.11.1923
d. 16.6.2009
Alto sax player who contributed bebop solos in Stan kenton and Shelly Manne's bands. He played free jazz with his own band Osmosis and was a pioneer of rock fusion. For Charlie's obituary click here: Charlie Mariano.
Teena Marie Vocals b. 5.3.1956
d. 26.12.2010
White soul singer from California born Mary Christime Brockert who became a Motown star. Motown wasn't quite sure what to make of this girl who sounded black, and purposely packaged her album Wild And Peaceful in a nondescript sleeve that didn't include a picture of her. She once said: 'Each song I was coming up with began to sound like the style of some favourite artist of mine from the past, Curtis Mayfield and Marvin Gaye, Billie Holliday, the old Chicago soul of The Emotions and the new Chicago vibe of Kanye West.' Click here for Teena's obituary: Teena Marie.
Tony Marsh Percussion b. 19.8.1939
d. 9.4.2012
UK jazz percussionist born in Lancaster in 1939. He joined saxophonist Don Weller in the 1970s, played with Chris Biscoe, Harry Beckett and Mike Osborne and then went to work with Mike Westbrook. He was involved with the London Improvisors Orchestra and since 2011 was working with Shabaka Hutchings and Guillaume Viltard. Click here for Tpony's obituary: Tony Marsh
John Marshall Drums b. 28.8.1941  
John Martyn Guitar
Vocals
b. 11.9.1948
d. 29.1.2009
British singer and guitarist who was probably better known for his folk music but who blended folk and jazz, probably most famous for his 1973 album Solid Air. For John's obituary click here: John Martyn
Phil Mason Trumpet
Bandleader

b. 10.4.1940
d. 9.6.2014

UK trumpet player and bandleader who founded the Isle Of Bute Jazz Festival. He joined Max Collie’s Rhythm Aces in 1970 and formed his own band Phil Mason’s New Orleans All-Stars in 1992. He played regularly with friends at venues in Rothesay from the 1980s. For Phil's obituary click here: Phil Mason.
Ron Mathewson Double Bass
Bass Guitar
19.2.1944  
Ewan McColl Vocals    
Tom McGrath

Piano
Performance poet
Playwright

b. 23.10.1940
d. 29.4.2009
Glasgow born pianist, performance poet and playwright whose piano playing was influenced by Thelonius Monk, Bud Powell and others and who was influential in bringing concerts by great jazz musicians to Glasgow. For Tom's obituary click here: Tom McGrath
Bill McGregor Bass    
Jimmy McGriff Organ b. 3.4.1936
d. 24.5.2008
Organist who blended gospel, blues and jazz styles. Recorded for a number of labels including Blue Note and Solid State and his last album 'McGriff Avenue' was released in 2002. For obituary click here: Jimmy McGriff.
Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre Saxophone b. 24.3.1936
d. 9.11.2013
Born Maurice Benford McIntyre in Arkansas, he took up the saxophone as a child but his playing lapsed. He was imprisoned for drug offences in a Kentucky jail at the same time as pianist Tadd Dameron. On his release he began to work with Muhal Richard Abram at the Chicago based Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians where he became an exponent of 'spirit jazz and continued to play and compose avant garde jazz and roots music. Click here for Kalaparashu's obituary: Kalaparusha McIntyre.
Dave McKenna Piano b. 30.5.1930
d. 18.10.2008
Jazz pianist who sounded at his best playing solo but played with Woody Herman, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Ruby Braff, Joe Temperley, Bob Wilbur, Buddy Rich, Bobby Hackett , and Charlie Parker amongst others. For Dave's obituary click here: Dave McKenna
Hal McKusick

Alto sax
Tenor Sax
Clarinet
Bandleader
Composer

b. 1.6.1924
d. 10.4.2012
Harold McKusick Jr, American alto tenor and clarinet player, bandleader and composer who in the 1940s played with Les Brown, Woody Herman, and as a sideman with many big bands, and then in the 1950s played with Charlie Barnet, Terry Gibbs, Gene Krupa, Elliot Lawrence and George Russell and joined staff of CBS studios in New York. For Hal's obituary click here: Hal McKusick
John McLaughlin Guitar b. 4.1.1942 Played with the Sandy Brown band on the 'Hair at its Hairiest' album.Worked with many UK bands and visiting musicians. Adopted the name Mahavishnu and had bands unfer that name. Appeared in Bernard Tavernier's film Round Midnight. Click here for John's website: John McLaughlin.
Al McPake Guitar    
Marian McPartland Piano b. 20.3.1918
d. 20.8.2013

UK pianist born in Windsor and brought up in Kent. During the war she was entertaining in Belgium when she met her future husband, American cornet player Jimmy McPartland. Moving to Chicago, she played with Jimmy until she formed her own trio and played for a short while with Benny Goodman. Marion and Jimmy divorced and later remarried just before Jimmy died. She continued to play into her late 80s and was awarded the OBE in 2010. Click here for Marian's obituary: Marian McPartland

Tommy McQuater Trumpet b. 4.9.1914
d. 20.1.2008
Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Tommy started playing the cornet when he was eleven. He went on to play trumpet with Louis Freeman, Jack Payne, Lew Stone, Bert Ambrose, The Squadronaires, Kenny Baker and Jack Parnell. For Tommy's obituary click here: Tommy McQuater.
Neil McShane Bass    
Jay McShann Piano b. 12.1.1916
d. 7.12.2006
American pianist, blues singer and bandleader closely associated with Charlie Parker who played in McShann's band in 1940-42. Click here for obituary. Jay McShann
Earl May Bass b. 17.9.1927
d. 8.1.2008
Bass player whose career began at Minton's Playhouse with Lester Young and Carmen McRae and went on to play with many jazz greats including Charlie Parker and Miles Davies. Click here for details from the Jazz Museum in Harlem: Earl May and here for obituary.
George Melly Vocals b. 17.8.1926
d. 5.7.2007
Born in Liverpool, George sang with Mick Mulligan's Magnolia Jazz Band and John Chilton's Feetwarmers but also had a very colourful life which can be read about in his obituary: George Melly .
Mike Melvoin Piano
Composer
Arranger
b. 1938
d. 28.2.2012
Pianist, composer and arranger from Wisconsin. He moved to Los Angeles in 1961 where he played with people like Joe Williams and Peggy Lee. He served as President of the Recording Academy in the USA and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Friends of Jazz at UCLA. For Mike's obituary click here: Mike Melvoin
Mae Mercer Vocals b. 12.6.1932
d. 29.10.2008
Blues singer from North Carolina who became a regular at the Blues bar in Paris, became the first blues artist to appear on French TV, toured with Keith Smith and the Climx Jazz Band in the 60s and was an actor in a number of films and television programmes. Click here for obituary: Mae Mercer.
Bobby Mickleburgh

Trumpet
Trombone
Sousaphone

b. 26.9.1920  
Mulgrew Miller Piano b. 13.8.1953
d. 29.5.2013
American pianist born in Mississippi who played the church organ and in soul and R&B bands in his teens. Inspired by Oscar Peterson he joined Mercer Ellington’s Band after graduating from the music course at Memphis State University. Went on to play with Benny carter, Art Balkey’s Jazz messengers, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Dave Holland and Kenny Garrett as well as leading his own band. In 2006 he became director of jazz studies at William paterson University in New Jersey. For Mulgrew's obituary click here: Mulgrew Miller
Tony Milliner Trombone
Valve Trombone
Bass Trumpet
Arranger
b. 28.12.1929 Trombone player with Dave Carey and then with Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather from 1957 to 1963. Later played with London Jazz Big Band, Alan Littlejohn, Mingus Music and Willie Garnett. More about Tony.
Terry Monaghan Dance b. 13.8.1943
d. 26.6.2011
Co-founder of the award winning dance company the Jiving Lindy Hoppers and a leading authority on jazz dance. For Terry's obituary click here: Terry Monaghan.
James Moody Saxophone b. 26.3.1925
d. 9.12.2010
American saxophonist and bebop pioneer who worked closely with Dizzy Gillespie from 1946 before joining Miles Davis in 1949 and then working in Europe. He rejoined Dizzy in 1963. He was still recording in the 1990s and received a Jazz Master Award from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1998.For James's obituaty click here: James Moody.
Derek Moore Saxophone    
Frank Morgan Saxophone b. 23.12.1933
d. 14.12 2007.
Protege of Charlie Parker who played with Lionel Hampton but who spent 30 years in prison. Click here for Frank's obituary. Frank Morgan
Eddie Mordue Tenor saxophone b. 5.1.1928
d. 26.1.2011
UK tenor saxophonist who played with the big bands including those of Eric Winstone and Jack Nathan. Once danced with Princess Margaret and recorded with Paul McCartney amongst many others. For Eddie's obituary click here: Eddie Mordue.
Joe Morello Drums b. 17.7.1928
d. 12.3.2011
American drummer born in Massachusetts best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the 1950s. He moved to New York in 1952 and played with Art Pepper, Jay McShann, Johnny Smith and Stan Kenton. Lost his sight in later life but continued to teach. Click here for Joe's obituary: Joe Morello
Buddy Morrow Trombone
Bandleader
b. 8.2.1919
d. 27. 9.2010
American trombone player and bandleader. Born Moe Zudekoff, Buddy played with Eddie Condon, Tommy Dorsey, Bob Crosby and others and in recent years has led the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. For Buddy's obituary click here: Buddy Morrow.
John Mortimer Trombone
Harmonica
b. 1937  
Sal Mosca Piano b. 27.4.1927
d. 28.7.2007
From New York State, Mosca was attracted early to the music of James P. Johnson and Fats Waller and started playing in nightclubs at 15. Strongly influenced by Lennie Tristano, he recorded with Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz. Went on to teach and encourage young musicians. Click here for Sal's obituary. Sal Mosca. Or here for Sal's website.
Danny Moss Tenor Saxophone
Clarinet

b. 16.8.1927
d. 29.5.2008

World-class British tenor saxophonist who, in the early days, worked as a sideman with amongst others, Ted Heath, Humphrey Lyttelton and Johnny Dankworth. He played regularly with Sandy Brown and Alex Welsh, and was a founder member of the Pizza Express All Stars. Danny was made an MBE in 1990. For Danny's obituary click here: Danny Moss.
Paul Motian Drums
Composer
b. 25.3.1931
d. 22.11.2011
American drummer who became part of the legendary Bill Evans trio with bassist Scott LaFaro. He went on to work with Paul Bley and Keith Jarrett and in 1981 when he was 50, teamed up with Joe Lovano and Bill Frisell to form a trio that lasted into the 1990s. Fpr Paul's obituary click here: Paul Motian
Marc Moulin Piano b. 1942
d. 26.9.2008
Belgian pianist who worked with Slide hampton, Dexter Gordon and Clark terry amongst others and created the avante-garde jazz-rock collective 'Placebo'. For more information and videos click here: Marc Moulin.
Bheki Mseleku Piano
Saxophone
Guitar
b. 1955
d. 9.9.2008
Self-taught South African jazz pianist who also played saxophone and guitar. He had a difficult life with mental and physical health problems, including the loss of the top joints of two fingers on his right hand. Formed the progressive jazz group Spirits Rejoice; played at the 1977 Newport Jazz Festival, worked with Hugh Masekela and Eugene Skeef. For Bheki's obituary click here: Bheki Mseleku
Joe Mudele Bass b. 30.9.1920
d. 7.3.2014
UK bass player born in London. In the 1940s he joined the Tito Burns Sextet of which Ronnie Scott and John Dankworth were both members. In 1948 with Scott and Dankworth, but calling himself Joe Muddel, he was one of the Club Eleven members who started playing bebop and he got to sit in with Charlie Parker and Max Roach. Over the years that followed he played with many musicians and formed his own band in 1951 before going on to be a popular session musician. Until very recently he continued to play jazz at Bexley Jazz Club on Monday nights. For Joe's obituary click here: Joe Mudele.
Mick Mulligan Trumpet

b. 24.1.1928
d. 20.12.2006

British trumpeter and bandleader. Friend of Eddie Condon, Louis Armstrong and Wild Bill Davison. George Melly came to fame in Mick's Magnolia Jazz band. Click here for Mick's obituary Mick Mulligan.
Joe Muranyi Clarinet b. 14.1.1928
d. 20.4.2012
US clarinet player of Hungarian origins who was the last clarinettist with Louis Armstrong's All Stars band. He played with Eddie Condon, Henry 'Red' Allen and Max Kaminsky, but was also a producer and line-note writer for RCA Victor records. He led the Village Stompers Band from 1963. When Louis died, Joe played with Roy Eldridge and then freelanced, including stints with The World's Greatest Jazz Band and the Classic Jazz Quartet. For Joe's obituary click here: Joe Muranyi.
Doug Murray Piano
Trombone
d. 2.2010 Pianist and trombonist from Ireland who initially played with the Ulster Rhythm Kings before coming to East London where he played with Bob Whetstone's band. Friend of Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather who helped him find his way round the London jazz scene in the 1960s. He played for many years in North London pubs with people like Wally Fawkes, Ian Christie, Colin Smith and Cambell Burnap, and was pianist for Mike Daniels Delta Jazz Band. Click here for Doug's obituary: Doug Murray.
Corey Mwamba

Vibraphone
Dulcimer

b.2.11.1976

 

Derby based vibraphone and dulcimer player and one of the third intake of the Take Five initiative to support emerging jazz musicians. Involved in a nummber of projects to support and encourage other musicians. More about Corey.
Dave Mylne Drums    
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Ivan Nagy Trombone    
Jeno Nagy Guitar    
Billy Neill Guitar    
David 'Fathead' Newman Saxophones b. 24.2.1933
d. 20.1.2009
American saxophonist who played with the influential Buster Smith band, and with pianist Lloyd Glen before being recruited by Ray Charles until 1964 when Newman became a session musician. Nominated for a Grammy award in 1990 with Art Blakey and Dr John for their album Bluesiana Triangle. For obituary click here: David Newman
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George Oag Guitar d. 2008  
Mike Oakley Guitar    
Tomasz Ochalski Piano    
Anita O'Day Vocals b. 18.10.1919
d. 23.11.2006
American jazz singer who worked with Gene Krupa, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman and Roy Eldridge. Click here for Anita's obituary. Anita O'Day
Ruan O'Lochlainn Guitar
Saxophone
Clarinet
Piano
b. 11.10.1942
d. 8.5.1988
 
Bobby Orr Drums
Trumpet
b. 15.8.1928  
Mike Osborne Saxophone b. 28.9.1941
d. 19.9.2007
British Alto Sax player who emerged in the 1960s playing in Mike Westbrook's band with John Surman and Malcolm Griffiths. Returned to Westbrook's later band, played with Mike Gibbs and Humphrey Lyttelton and led his own trios. Click here for Mike's obituary. Mike Osborne.
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Earl Palmer Drums b. 25.10.1924
d. 19.9.2008
Drummer from New Orleans who tap danced with Ida Cox's Darktown Scandals Review. He drummed for Dizzy Gillespie and Count Basie and played blues with B.B. King and soul with Ray Charles. Helped to invent the backbeat that came to define the sound of rock and roll. For obituary click here: Earl Palmer.
Brian Parker Bass    
Johnny Parker Piano

b. 6.11.1929
d. 11.6.2010

Pianist with Humphrey Lyttelton, Kenny Ball and Alexis Korner, amongst others. Featured on Humph's 'BadPpenny Blues' and on the recording made by Sandy Brown and Al Fairweather with Humph's band. More about Johnny.
Jack Parnell Drums
Bandleader

b. 6.8.1923
d. 8.8.2010

British drummer and bandleader who played with Buddy Featherstonhaugh and then formed the Lewis-Parnell Jazzmen with Vic Lewis. In 1945 he joined Ted Heath's band until in 1951, he formed his own band. After working for ATV as musical director, he toured with the Best of British Jazz show during the 1990s. For Jack's obituary click here: Jack Parnell.
Frank Parr Trombone b. 1.6.1928
d. 8.5.2012
UK trombone player with the Mersysippi Jazz band. He joined Mick Mulligan's band fronted by George Melly in 1956 and eventually became Acker Bilk's manager. Until 1993, Frank captained The Ravers cricket team made up of jazz musicians. For Frank's obituary click here: Frank Parr
Dru Paterson Piano    
Ottilie Patterson Vocals b. 31.1.1932
d. 20.6.2011
Born in Ireland in 1932, she joined Chris Barber's band in 1954 impressing everyone with her incredible voice. She contracted throat problems in 1963, but went on singing with the band occasionally until 1973. Click here for Ottilie's obituary: Ottilie Patterson.
Fritz Pauer Piano
Bandleader
Composer
b. 14.6.1943
d. 1.7.2012
Austrian pianist, bandleader and composer. After a period in Germany he returned to Vienna and played with Erich Kleinschuster and founded his own trio. In 1970 he joined the ORF Radio Big Band. Eventually he went into jazz music teaching and played solo concerts from 2004. Over the years he played with many jazz 'greats' including Harry Edison, Joe Zawinul, Benny Carter and Warren Vache. For Fritz's obituary click here: Fritz Pauer. (You might need to click 'translate' on this link).
Les Paul Guitar b. 9.6.1915
d. 13.8.2009

Influential guitarist of the 20th century who gave his name to the Gibson Les Paul guitar and who played in the 1930s in support of Chicago blues singer Georgia White and with the Nat King Cole Trio. For Les's obituary click here: Les Paul

Dave Paxton Clarinet

b. 16.4.1926
d. 19.4.1993

Contempoarary of Sandy Brown at Royal High School who learned to play clarinet with Sandy and played with Sandy's band at Edinburgh Jazz Club. More about Dave.
Cecil Payne

Saxophone
Flute
Bandleader

b. 14.12.2007
d. 27.11.2007

First to play be bop on the baritone saxophone and played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tadd Dameron, Illinois Jacquet and James Moody. Click here for Cecil's obituary. Cecil Payne
Ian Pearce Piano
Trombone
Trumpet
Bandleader
b. 1921
d. 8.11.2012
Tasmanian pianist and bandleader who started out on trumpet and trombone and played with Mick Mulligan in London before switching to piano and moving back to Tasmania. Click here for Ian's obituary: Ian Pearce.
Johnny Pearson Piano
Bandleader
b. 18.6.1925
d. 20.3.2011
UK pianist and bandleader born in Derbyshire. He played piano with the Malcolm Mitchell Trio and the Peter York Concert Orchestra and then moved on to more easy-listening and popular music with his Johnny Pearson Orchestra. Click here for more Johnny's obituary: Johnny Pearson
Austin Peralta Piano b. 25.10.1990
d. 21.11.2012
American pianist who died at the age of 22 (cause of death not announced). First made his mark at fifteen with his trio at the Tokyo Jazz Festival. A reporter for the Los Angeles Times said: "Peralta was often a force of nature on his red electric keyboard. Hammering out squelched, funk-dappled notes that recalled 'Bitches Brew'-era Chick Corea at one instance or flickering, twilit atmospherics the next Peralta sounded like every bit the next big thing”. For Austin's obituary click here: Austin Peralta
Graciela Perez-Gutierrez Vocals b. 23.8.1915
d. 7.4.2010
Singer from Havana who with Machito and his Afro-Cubans paved the way for Latin Jazz fusion. For Graciela's obituary click here: Graciela Perez-Gutierrez
Pinetop Perkins Guitar
Piano
b. 7.7.1913
d. 21.3.2011
American Blues guitarist and pianist born in Mississippi who has been inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame. Amongst others, he played with Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters and the Legendary Blues Band. Click here forPinetop's obituary: Pinetop Perkins
Rufus Perryman Piano b. 23.10.1892
d. 2.1.1973
Barrelhouse pianist Rufus 'Speckled Red' Perryman was born in Monroe, Louisiana and died inSt Louis in 1973. Michael Hortog in Austria is researching Rufus's story. Please contact us if you have any information you can offer.
Oscar Peterson piano b. 15.8.1925
d. 24.12.2007
Outstanding pianist who could play two-fisted stride, or complex and intricate be-bop piano. Click here for Oscar's obituary. Oscar Peterson.
John Picard Trombone
Piano
b. 17.5.1934  
Zdzislaw Piernik Bass    
Trudy Pitts Organ b. 1932
d. 19.12.2010
American soul and jazz keyboard player from Philadelphia who was known for playing the Hammond B3 organ. She played with Ben Webster, Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt, and with Mary Lou Williams in 2006 at the Women in Jazz Festival at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. For Trudy's obituary click here: Trudy Pitts.
Herb Pomeroy Trumpet b. 15.5.1930
d. 11.8.2007
American trumpeter who played with Charlie Parker, Stan Kenton and Lionel Hampton before teaching at a music school in Boston, Massachusetts. Click here for Herb's obituary: Herb Pomeroy.
Alan Poston Drums    
Benny Powell Trombone b. 1.3.1930
d. 26.6.2010
Trombone player and musical educator who played with King Kolax, Ernie Fields, Lionel Hampton and Count Basie. Click here for Benny's obituary: Benny Powell.
Red Price Saxophone
Piano
Organ

b. 1926
d. 2. 1984

 
Sammy Price

Piano
Vocals

   
Brian Prudence Bass    
Colin Purbrook

Piano
Double Bass
Composer
Arranger

b. 26.2.1936
d. 1999
 
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Wardell Quezergue

Producer
Arranger
Bandleader


b. 12.3.1930
d. 6.9.2011

New Orleans producer, arranger and bandleader sometimes called 'the Creole Beethoven'. He produced many hit songs for the likes of B.B. King, Stevie Wonder and Willie Nelson. For Wardell's obituary click here: Wardell Quezergue
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Steve Race

Piano
Composer
Arranger
Broadcaster

b. 1.4.1921
d. 22.6.2009
Pianist, composer, arranger and broadcaster. Steve Race played with the dance bands of Harry Leader, Lew Stone, Cyril Stapleton and George Elrick but became a key, outspoken presenter of jazz programmes such as Jazz In Perspective, Jazz 625 on television and Jazz Record Requests on radio. He also wrote for many publications including Jazz Journal. Click here for Steve's obituary: Steve Race. A futher obituary from the Times can be found here.
Johnny Raducanu Piano
Double Bass
b. 1.12.1931
d. 19.9.2011
Romanian pianist and double bass player born Raducan Cretu to a Roma family. His mother and grandmother bothe played piano for silent movies. During the communist years he was allowed to tour other Eastern European countries, then Western Europe and the United States where he played with Art Farmer, Slide Hampton and others. In later years, called the 'Romanian Mr Jazz' he was frequently found playing at Lapataria Enache in Bucharest. For Johnny's obituary click here: Johnny Raducanu
John Rae Bass    
Hugh Rainey Guitar
Banjo
Trumpet
b. 6.7.1936  
Neva Raphaello Vocals b. 1915
d. 1975
 
Valdemar Rasmussen Trumpet    
Will Redpath Bass    
Barry Reeves Drums b. 1944
d. 2010
Drummer from Birmingham who probably became best known for his work with the James Last Orchestra, but in 1988 he married singer Madeline Bell and worked with her at many venues, including Ronnie Scott's Club. He finally gave up drumming to become Madeline's manager when he broke his arm. Click here for Barry's obituary: Barry Reeves
Irene Reid

Vocals
Bandleader

b. 23.9.1930
d. 5.1.2008
Blues/gospel style singer whosang with the Dick Vance band in Harlem and joined the Basie band before forming her own group. Click here for Irene's obituary: Irene Reid.
Steve Reid Drums b. 29.1.1944
d. 13.4.2010
American drummer whose family lived three blocks away from John Coltrane in New York. Steve played with Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, James Brown, Fela Kuti and Sun Ra amongst others. For more about Steve click here: Steve Reid.
Rita Reys Vocals b. 21.12.1924
d. 28.7.2013

Dutch singer dubbed ‘Europe’s first lady of jazz’. She met and married jazz drummer Wessel Ilcken, appeared with the bassist Ted Powder in Belgium and Luxembourg, and with the Piet van Dijk orchestra in Spain and north Africa, between 1945 and 1950. She then led her own group, toured and recorded The Cool Voice of Rita Reys with musicians that included Art Blakey, Horace Silver, and Donald Byrd. In 1969 she became the first Dutch jazz singer to perform at the New Orleans jazz festival. Her last album, Young At Heart included saxophonist Scott Hamilton and was released in 2010. Click here for Rita's obituary: Rita Reys.

Sue Richardson

Trumpet
Flugelhorn
Vocals

  Trumpet player and singer named in Jazz wise magazine as one of the rising musicians to look out for in 2008. Influenced by Chet Baker, Clifford Brown and Ella Fitzgerald amongst others. More about Sue.
Sam Rivers Saxophone
Flute
Piano
Bandleader
b. 25.9.1923
d. 26.12.2011
American avante-garde saxophonist who played with Jaki Byard, toured with Billie Holiday, and then with drummer Tony Williams joined Miles Davis, taking John Coltrane's chair. He soon left and recorded under his own name before going on to work with Andrew Hill, Cecil Taylor and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1998 he established the Rivbea All-Star Orchestra in Florida. For Sam's obituary click here: Sam Rivers
Max Roach

Drums
Bandleader
Composer

b. 10.1.1924
d. 16.8.2007
Drummer with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Jay Jay Johnson, Bud Powel, Clifford Brown and Sonny Rollins.Inventive drummer who revolutionised the role of the drums in a band. Click here for Max's obituary
Max Roach
Peter Robarts-Arnold Trumpet    
Matana Roberts Saxophone b. 1976 Amercian saxophone player from Chicago and New York nominated as a 'musician to look out for in 2008' by Jazzwise magazine. More about Matana.
Frank Robinson Piano b. 1926
d. 2011
UK pianist and founder member of the Merseysippi Jazz Band in 1949. The band performed at the opening of Liverpool's Cavern Club, and also alongside Louis Armstrong at Liverpool Stadium in 1956. Click here for Fran's obituary: Frank Robinson.
Freddy Robinson Guitar b. 24.2.1939
d. 8.10.2009
(aka Abu Talib) Blues guitarist who played with Little Walter and then with Howlin' Wolf - who apparently distrusted Freddy's jazz leanings. In early 70s played with John Mayall and also trumpeter Blue Mitchell. Click here for Freddy's obituary: Freddy Robinson
John Rodber Bass    
Nico Rojas Guitar
Composer
b. 3.8.1921
d. 22.11.2008
Cuban guitarist and composer of the 'filin' movement which combined Cuban rhythms with harmonies and melodies influenced by North American jazz in the 1940s and 1950s. Click here for Nico's obituary: Nico Rojas
Lina Romay Vocals b. 16.1.1922
d. 17.12.2010
 
Edmundo Ros Bandleader
Drums
Saxophone
b. 7.12.1910
d. 21.10.2011
Primarily a popular latin-american bandleader, drummer and saxophonist, his main link to jazz was that he accompanied Fats Waller on the numbers A-Tisket, A-Tasket and Music Maestro Please. For Edmundo's obituary click here: Edmundo Ros.
Lita Roza Vocals b. 14.3.1926
d. 14.8.2008
Born Lilian Roza in Liverpool, England, she went on to sing with Harry Roy and Ted Heath. Click here for Lita's obituary. Lita Roza.
Alvin Roy Clarinet
Bandleader
b. 1940 Clarinetist who led the successful Saratoga Jazz Band in many of the most popular jazz venues during the 1960s. Went on to take a residency with his band at the Prospect of Whitby in London. Now lives in Oxfordshire where he plays with his band Reeds Unliminted. More about Alvin.
Ron Rubin

Piano
Double Bass

b. 8.7.1933 Ron joined the Fairweather-Brown band in 1962 and left in 1964to play with a wide variety of bands and many outstanding musicians. More about Ron.
Pete Rugolo Composer
Arranger
Baritone Horn
b. 25.12.1915
d. 16.10.2011
Born Pietro Rugolo, he learned to play baritone horn but became best known as a jazz composer and arranger who worked closely with Stan Kenton and west Coast musicians. Working as a rep for Capitol Records, her recorded Miles Davis with Gerry Mulligan in a series of records that would lead to 'Cool Jazz'. For Pete's obituary click here: Pete Rugolo
George Russell Drums
Composer
Arranger
b. 23.6.1923
d. 27.7.2009
Composer who started as a jazz drummer around 1944. Composed and arranged for Dizzy Gillespie and involved musicians such as Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, Jan Garbarek and Andy Sheppard in his work. For George's obituary click here: George Russell
Pee Wee Russell Clarinet    
Paul Rutherford Trombone b. 29.2.1940
d. 6.8.2007
Important figure in the European free improvisation scene. Played with Neil Ardley's New Jazz Orchestra, Mike Westbrook and the London Jazz Composers Orchestra. For obituary click here. Paul Rutherford.
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Pete Saberton Piano
Composer
b. 9.7.1950
d. 21.3.2012
UK pianist and composer who will be remembered for his teaching at Trinity Laban, Guildhall, Royal Academy and Birmingham Conservatoires, but his career included playing with Pat Crumly, Harry Beckett, Dick Pearce and Mike Westbrook. He played with the BBC Radio Big Band from 1981 to 1993 and was house pianist at the Jazz Café and Ronnie Scott's Club in London at various times. For Pete's obituary click here: Pete Saberton
Carl Salans Piano    
Gerry Salisbury Trumpet
Cornet
Double Bass
Valve Trombone
Vibraphone
b. 7.8.1929  
Bernardo Sassetti Piano b. 24.6.1970
d. 10.5.2012

Portuguese pianist of post-bop style who was born in Lisbon but settled in London in 1990. He recorded with Guy Barker and was in the film The talented Mr Ripley. He was 41. Click here for obituary where you can also find a video of him playing.

Jimmy Scott Vocals b. 17.7.1925 
d. 12.6.2014

American contralto vocalist born in Ohio. He was a featured singer with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, a friend of Billie Holiday and sang with Charlie Parker at Birdland. Problems with recording companies led to his dropping out of the scene for a while, but he was re-discovered in the 1990s, and was signed to sing in a number of films as well as recording a new album that received a Grammy nomination. For Jimmy's obituary click here: Jimmy Scott.

Johnny Scott Saxophones
Flute
Clarinet
Harp
Vibraphone
Composer
Arranger
b. 1.11.1930  
Mike Scott Drums    
Tony Scott Clarinet
Saxophone
Composer
b. 17.6.1921
d. 28.3.2007
American born Anthony Sciacca. Influenced by Benny Goodman he played in jam sessions at Minton's with Dizzy Gillespie, Lester Young, and Ben Webster who took Tony under his wing. Went on to play with Charlie Parker and Billie Holiday. Click here for Tony's obituary. Tony Scott.
Gil Scott-Heron Piano
Guitar
Vocals
b. 1.4.1949
d. 27.5.2011
Born in Chicago, to a Jamaican father, pianist, guitarist and vocalist Gil Scott-Heron was primarily a writer and poet. He described himself as 'A Black man dedicated to expression, expression of the joy and pride of Blackness'. He led the Midnight Band on keyboards, toured with Stevie Wonder and is seen as the forerunner of Rap music. For Gil's obituary click here: Gil Scott-Heron.
Phil Seamen Drums b. 28.8.1926
d. 13.10.1972
 
Peggy Seeger

Guitar
Vocals

   
Archie Semple Clarinet
Trumpet
b. 31.3.1928
d. 26.1.1974
 
John Semple Piano    
Reg Service Trumpet d. 2011 UK trumpeter who grew up in Streatham, London. He was one of the few British black musicians who played jazz in the UK before the Second World War. He formed a band with classmates at school in Brixton Hill, went on to work with Ken 'Snake Hips' Johnson, and from the 1970s to 1990s worked with Mike Daniels and Trevor Swale. For Reg's obituary click here: Reg Service.
Keith Shadwick


Saxophone
Critic
Writer

b. 24.7.1951
d.28.7.2008
Saxophone player who became jazz section editor of Gramophone magazine; a broadcaster; produced a number of reference books; biographies of Bill Evans, Jimi Hendrix and Led Zepplin, and wrote for Jazzwise magazine since 1997. His solo album 'Free Time' (Candid) was just finished before he died. Click here for Keith's obituary. Keith Shadwick.
Bud Shank Clarinet
Flute
Alto-sax
b. 27.5.1926
d. 2.4.2009
Clarinet, flute and alto-sax player with Stan Kenton's band and later with the Lighhouse All Stars. Clich here for Bud's obituary: Bud Shank.
George Shearing Piano
Bandleader
Composer
b. 13.8.1919
d. 14.2.2011
Pianist, bandleader and composer Sir George Shearing was born in Battersea but emigrated to the United States where he played for many singers including Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Nancy Wilson and Mel Tormé. He claimed that he was 'not a jazz pianist but a pianist who played jazz'. He formed his own famous Quintet in 1949 and was the compopser of 'Lullaby of Birdland'. He was made an OBE in 1996 and Knighted in 2007. For George's obituary click here: Sir George Shearing
Norman Sheffield Drums    
Horace Silver Piano
Saxophone
Composer
Bandleader
b. 2.9.1928
d. 18.6.2014

American pianist, saxophonist and pioneer of hard bop. His family were Portuguese emigrants to Connecticut. Horace Silver played with many jazz musicians during his career including Art Blakey and Oscar Pettiford. His work also appeared on a number of Miles Davis' albums, including 1954's Walkin'. For more about Horace click here: Horace Silver.

Sid Simmons Piano d. 5.11.2010 Pianist from Philadelphia. 'He combined the class of Bill Evans with the soul and hard-hitting style of Oscar Peterson.. and along with being a fine musician and a mentor to many other pianists, as well as an influence on other instrumentalists.' For Sid's obituary click here: Sid Simmons.
Sirone (Norris Jones) Double Bass b. 28.9.1940
d. 21.10.2009
American double bass player and founder member of the Revolutionary Ensemble who explored a freer and intuative approach to playing. For Sirone's obituary click here: Sirone.
Jarosław (Jarek) Śmietana Guitar
Composer
Teacher
b. 29.3.1953
d. 2.9.2013
Polish guitarist, composer and teacher who led the legendary jazz group Extra Ball. He went on to lead and play with the bands Sounds, Symphonic Sound Orchestra Big Band, Polish Jazz Stars Band (with most of the top jazz musicans from Poland) and was a co-leader of the Namysłowski-Śmietana Quartet. During his career he played with a vast number of musicians including During his musical career he has been playing and recording together with such great artists: Art Farmer, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Zawinul, John Abercrombie, David Gilmore and Dave Friedman. He recently toured with Nigel Kennedy. For more about Jarek click here: Jarosław (Jarek) Śmietana.
Betty Smith Saxophone b. 6.7.1929
d. 21.1.2011
UK tenor sax player who joined Ivy Benson's band and then played with Freddy Randall before forming her own Quintet. She then worked with Kenny Baker and in the early 70s was a founder-member of the sextet Best Of British Jazz. For Betty's obituary click here: Betty Smith
Carrie Smith Vocals b. 25.8.1925
d. 20.5.2012

Jazz and Blues singer who was born in Georgia but grew up in New Jersey where her father was a minister, her mother sang in the choir and gospel music was a part of her life. Moving to New Orleans she sang with Al Hirt, then moved to New York and performed with Tyree Glenn, Hank Jones and Buddy Tate. She had appeared at Ronnie Scott's club in London on a number of occasions and made her last UK appearance at the Brecon Jazz Festival in 1997. For Carrie's obituary click here: Carrie Smith.

Don Smith Bass    
Harry Smith Piano b. 24.2.1921  
Johnny Smith Guitar b. 25.6.1922
d. 11.6.2013
American guitarist born in Alabama but who moved to Maine with his family during the Depression. Taught himself to play violin and guitar and learned jazz by listening on the radio to Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian. Worked as a staff musician, in pit bands and clubs before working with Benny Goodman, Stan Getz, Stan Kenton and Count Basie, and played with his own band at Birdland. For Johnny's obituary click here: Johnny Smith
Keith Smith Trumpet
Vocals
b. 19.3.1940
d. 4.1.2008
Trumpeter with amateur bands in London in 1950s. Turned professional with Mickey Ashman in 1960. Formed his Climax Jazz Band in 1962. Moved to New Orleans and then to Denmark before returning to Britain to form Hefty Jazz. Led Louis Armstrong All Stars in 1981. Recorded with Sandy Brown in 1969. Click here for Keith's obituary: Keith Smith
Paul Smith Piano b.
d. 29.6.2013
American pianist who played with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra and recorded with his own band but is probably best known as the accompanist for many jazz singers including Sarah Vaughan, Bing Crosby and most of all, Ella Fitzgerald who he accompanied on and off from 1956 to 1996. For Paul's obituary click here: Paul Smith.
Ray Smith Drums b. 9.9.1934
d. 17.4.2011
Drummer and proprietor of Ray's Jazz record shop in Soho. Ray played drums with Wally Fawkes band in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1983 he took over the jazz record business from Collett's and eventually sold it to Foyles in 2002. Click here for ray's obituary: Ray Smith
Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith Drums
Harmonica
Bandleader
b. 19.1.1936
d. 16.9.2011
American drummer and bandleader best known for his work with the Muddy Waters band. He worked as a session musician with many blues and soul bands and formed the Legendary Blues Band with Pinetop Perkins, Calvin Jones and Jerry Portnoy. He was named Drummer Of The Year on many occasions by the Blues Foundation, and in later life he reverted to playing the harmonica. In 2010 he released Joined At The Hip with Pinetop Perkins and with his son Kenny 'Beady Eyes' Smith on drums. For Willie's obituary click here: Willie Smith

Little Smokey Smothers

Guitar
Vocals
b. 2.1.1939
d. 20.11.2010
American blues guitarist from Mississippi who was part of Howlin' Wolf's band and who sat in with Muddy waters. He was influential in the Chicago Blues scene of the 1960s and brought together the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. For Smokey's obituary click here: Little Smokey Smothers.
Jo Stafford Vocals b. 12.11.1917
d. 16.7.2008
Columbia Records vocalist who was the first woman to top the UK charts with her single 'You Belong To Me'. She sang with Tommy Dorsey's band before moving on to make popular recordings, often in duet with other singers such as Frankie Laine and Gordon MacRae. For Jo's obituary click here: Jo Stafford
Dave Stevens Piano b. 26.7.1925 Dave is currently living in Australia where he still plays occasionally and has a weekly jazz radio programme. He guested on the track Candy Stripes on Sandy Brown's 1956 album Sandy's Sidemen, and also played with John Haim, Mick Mulligan, Beryl Bryden, Dickie Hawden and Alexis Korner.
Sonny Stitt Saxophone b. 2.2.1924
d. 22.7.1982
American be-bop jazz saxophonist. Played with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine and Miles Davis. For more about Sonny click here or to see and hear him click here.
Bill Strachan Drums    
Richard (Dick) Sudhalter Cornet
Critic
b. 28.12.1938
d. 19.9.2008
American cornet player who modelled his playing on Bix Beiderbecke. Worked for United Press International and wrote a controversial book extolling the white contribution to early jazz and also a biography of Bix. Formed the New Paul Whiteman Orchestra in London with Alan Cohen, Keith Nicholls and John R.T. Davies. Click here for obituary: Dick Sudhalter.
Stan Sulzman Saxophones
Clarinet
Flute
Composer
Arranger
b. 30.11.1948  
Monty Sunshine Clarinet b. 9.4.1928
d. 30.11.2010
UK clarinet player who was at the forefront of the traditional jazz boom of the late 1950s / early 1960s. He first joined Ken Colyer's Crane River Jazz Band before joining Chris Barber and Pat Halcox in Chris's band. Monty had a number of 'hit' recordings including Si Tu Vois Ma Mère and perhaps the most well known million-seller Petite Fleur. Monty was still recording in the 1990s. For Monty's obituary click here: Monty Sunshine.
Alan Sutton Drums    
Esbjorn Svensson Piano
Bandleader
b. 16.4.1964
d. 14.6.2008
Born in Sweden, Esbjorn's father revered Duke Ellington. The pianist formed the group e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio) which drew inspiration from Bach and the baroque, ambient music, rock and techno. For Esbjorn's obituary click here: Esbjorn Svensson
Freddy Syer Alto-saxophone b. 1930
d. 2010
UK alto saxophonist who was part of the post-War bebop scene in London and went to Canada where he played with a number of well-known jazz musicians. Returning to the UK he played with Geraldo and Tommy Sampson before returning to live in America. For Freddy's obituary click here: Freddy Syer
Madilu System Vocals b. 28.5.1952
d. 11.8.2007
Born Jean de Dieu Makiese in the now Democratic Republic of Congo, he was a star vocalist with TPOK Jazz (The All-Powerful Kinshasa Orchestra) and spearheaded the 1960-1980s craze for Rumba Congolaise music. Click here for Madilu's obituary. Madilu System.
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Dr Billy Taylor Piano
Composer
b. 24.7.1921 American pianist and composer who played with Ben Webster, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and others but probably as well known for his work as an advocate for jazz, as a broadcaster and educator. A friend said Billy Taylor was 'one of our best spokesmen ever in the history of this music. To the point that, it's my feeling and others, that he sacrificed his jazz piano playing for the cause of jazz.' Click here for Billy's obituary: Dr Billy Taylor.
Eddie Taylor Drums b. 12.2.1929  
Koko Taylor Blues singer b. 28.9.1928
d. 3.6.2009
Born Cora Walton in Tennessee, blues singer Koko Taylor was called 'The Queen of the Blues' and 'brought a raw intensity and Southern earthiness' to the Chicago blues scene. For Koko's obituary click here: Koko Taylor
John Tchicai Saxophones b. 28.4.1936
d. 18.10.2012
Danish saxophonist inspired by Ornette Coleman who played with both John Lennon and John Coltrane. He also worked with American free-jazz stars such as Archie Shepp, Albert Ayler and Cecil Taylor. For John's obituary click here: John Tchicai.
Nat Temple Clarinet
Bandleader
b. 18.7.1913
d. 30.5.2008
Clarinet player and band leader who came to prominence on the radio during the 1940s and 1950s. Played with the Sam Costa and Harry Roy bands and formed his own band in 1947. For Nat's obituary click here: Nat Temple
Ed Thigpen Drums b. 28.12.1930
d. 13.1.2010
American drummer from Chicago who played with Oscar Peterson and Billy Taylor. After touring with Ella Fitzgerald he moved to Denmark in 1972. Click here for more information: Ed Thigpen
Alan Thomas Piano b. 2.4.1930
d. 23.9.2013
Dr John Latham tells us that Alan Thomas, pianist with the Sandy Brown and Cy Laurie bands has passed through the Departure Lounge. Alan had retired to Portugal which is where he died at the age of 83 on the 23rd September. Alan played with Sandy from 1954 to 1956 when Sandy and Al Fairweather had moved to London and he played on many of the band's early classic recordings including Everybody Loves Saturday Night, Something Blues, African Queen and Blues Stampede. These were the days when the band had John R.T. Davies on trombone and Graham Burbidge on drums. Ian Armit went on to take over the piano chair when Alan left. We have not been able to find an obituary for Alan, so please contact us if you can let us have any information about him from the time he left Sandy. Click here for the information we do have: Alan Thomas.
Ole Toft Trombone    
Cliff Townshend Alto Saxophone
Baritone Saxophone
Clarinet
b. 28.1.1916
d. 29.6.1986
 
Stan Tracey Piano
Composer
Bandleader
b. 30.12.1926
d. 6.12.2013
UK pianist, composer and bandleader born in London who started by playing the accordion in wartime ensembles. After the War he played with touring bands and singers and then became acquainted with Tony Crombie and Ronnie Scott. He worked with Ted Heath's band and then starred as house pianist at Ronnie Scott's club where he accompanied many great American soloists. His compositions Under Milk Wood and Alice In Jazzland are milestone UK jazz recordings. He went on to work with Mike Osborne, John Surman, Art Themen, Guy Barker, Bobby Wellins and many others. His son, Clark Tracey, is a jazz drummer.. Click here for Stan's obituary: Stan Tracey.
Bobby Tucker Piano b. 8.1.1923
d. 12.4.2008
Pianist from New Jersey who accompanied Mildred Bailey and backed Billie Holiday . Played with bebop and mainstream bands and became musical director for Billy Eckstine. Bruce Crowther has written an obituary in for Jazz Journal International of July 2008 (not available on line) and there is other information by clicking here although there is a date error in the piece where his death is given as 2007.
Bruce Turner Alto Saxophone
Saxophones
Clarinet
Composer
b. 5.7.1922
d. 28.11.1993
 
Richard Turner Trumpet b. 30.7.1984
d. 11.8.201
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UK trumpeter with the bands Round Trip and Friendly Fires. A recent graduate from the Royal Academy of Music he suffered a ruptured aortic aneurysm while swimming. He was just 27. For Richard's obituary click here: Richard Turner.
John Twiss Guitar    
Bernie Tyrrell Drums b. 1933
d. 3.11.2012
Alan Bond wrote to give us the sad news of the passing of UK drummer and magazine publisher Bernie Tyrrell. Bernie and his wife Lynda published the magazine Jazz Guide for many years. Alan says: 'Bernie died at the age of 79 on 3rd November. Bernie used to have his own band called the Salisbury Stompers which had a regular gig at The Salisbury in Barnet (from 1971 to 1985). His widow Lynda and the other helpers, Terry and Sarah Cheney plan to carry on publishing the Jazz Guide every month and apparently a website is planned as well.'
Trevor Tyson Drums    
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Mo Umansky Banjo
Guitar
String Bass
Electric Bass
b. 19.6.1934 Mo played with the Sandy Brown Band from around 1954-1956. When he left he became a design engineer and went on to play with jazz bands in the London area and to form soul bands. More about Mo.
Bebo Valdes Piano
Bandleader
b. 9.10.1918
d. 22.3.2013
Pioneer Cuban pianist and bandleader who until the 1959 Cuban revolution was musical director at Havana's Tropicana Club. When the revolution came he left Cuba for Mexico, America, Spain and finally Sweden. His son, Chucho is pianist with the band Irakere. For Bebo's obituary click here: Bebo Valdes
Carlos Valdes Conga Drums b. 4.11.1928
d. 4.12.2007
Carlos 'Patato' Valdes introduced the conga drum to jazz and played with Art Blakey, Herbie Mann and Dizzy Gillespie. For Carlos' obituary click here. Carlos Valdes.
Billy VerPlanck Trombone
Arranger
b. 1930
d.2.6.2009
Billy VerPlanck - Billy began playing trombone with the Jess Stacey band when he was fifteen, and went on to play with and write arrangements for Charlie Spivak, Claude Thornhill, Jimmy and Tommy Dorsey and Charlie Barnet. Billy's wife is the singer Marlene VerPlanck.
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Derek Wadsworth Trombone b. 5.2.1939
d. 3.12.2008
Trombonist who played in a number of different genres including jazz with Neil Ardley, jazz-rock with Colosseum and blues with Savoy Brown. For Derek's obituary click here: Derek Wadsworth
Phillip Walker Guitar
Vocals
b. 11.2.1937
d. 22.7 2010
Guitarist and Blues singer born in Louisiana where he worked with Lonesome Sundown and Long John Hunter before moving to Los Angeles. In 1969, began working with producers and songwriters Bromberg and Walker and collaborated with them for the next 20 years. For Phillips obituary click here: Phillip Walker.
Bob Wallis Trumpet
Vocals
b. 3.6.1934
d. 10.1.1991
 
Cedar Walton Pianist
Composer
b. 17.1.1934
d. 19.8.2013

American pianist and composer. Early on, he ran his own local trio in Denver which played with guests including Dizzy Gillespie. Drafted into the forces, he got to sit in with Duke Ellington’s band and with Don Ellis while he was stationed in Germany. After demob, he played with Kenny Dorham, JJ Johnson, Art Farmer and Benny Golson before joining Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He moved on to play with many other bands, including UK musicians. His last album, The Bouncer, was released in 2011. Click here for Cedar's obituary: Cedar Walton

Harry Walton Drums
Vibes
d..2009 British drummer and vibes player who claimed to be the longest serving jazz musician born and bred in Leicester. For Harry's obituary click here: Harry Walton
David S Ware Saxophones b. 7.11.1949
d. 18.10.12
American free-jazz saxophonist who was mentored by Sonny Rollins and played with Cecil Taylor and Barry Harris as well as leading his own groups. For David's obituary click here: David S Ware
Butch Warren Bass b. 9.8.1939
d. 5.10.2013
Born Edward Rudolph Warren in Washington, Butch started playing bass at fourteen with his father Eddie’s band. He went on to play and record with Dexter Gordon, Joe Henderson and Herbie Hancock and joined Thelonious Monk’s Quartet in 1963. He suffered from addiction and mental health problems and eventually returned to Washington where at various time he was hospitalised or homeless, playing only occasionally. Click here for Butch's obituary: Butch Warren.
Fran Warren Vovals b. 4.3.1926
d. 4.3.2013
American vocalist born Frances Wolfe who failed an audition for Duke Ellington's Orchestra but went on to sing with other big bands including those of Billy Eckstine, Charlie Barnet and Claude Thornhill, replacing Kay Starr as the vocalist in the Charlie Barnet band. After going solo, she later sang with Harry James's band in the 1960s and Joe Cabot's band in the 1970s and 1980s. For Fran's obituary click here: Fran Warren
Derek Watkins Trumpet b. 2.3.1945
d. 22.3.2013
UK trumpeter who played on a freelance basis with many bands including Ted Heath, John Dankworth, Maynard Gerguson, Benny Goodman, and Kenny Clarke-Francy Boland. As a session musician he played on the soundtrack of every James Bond film. For Derek's obituary click here: Derek Watkins.
Arthur Watts Double Bass
Bass Guitar
b. 27.5.1928
d. ?.1.1993
 
George Webb Clarinet
Bandleader
b. 8.10.1917
d. 11.3.2010
Pianist born in Camberwell who founded the Bexleyheath Jazz Club and in 1941 formed his Dixielanders band. Several members of the band would go on to become major British jazz figures including Wally Fawkes, Eddie Harvey and Humphrey Lyttelton. For George's obituary click here: George Webb
Johnny Webb Drums    
Bert Weedon Guitar b. 10.5.1920
d. 20.4.2012

Although UK guitarist Bert Weedon will probably be remembered for his Play In A Day guitar tutor books, through which many famous guitarists learned to play, he was also a member of various jazz groups in his earlier career. He formed his own bands the Blue Cumberland Rhythm Boys and Bert Weedon's Harlem Hotshots in the 1940s, played with Harry Gold's Pieces Of Eight, performed with Stephane Grappelli and George Shearing and then went to work with Ted Heath's band amongst others. For Bert's obituary click here: Bert Weedon

 

Frank Wess Tenor sax
Flute
b. 4.1.1922
d. 30.10.2013
American tenor sax and flute player who worked with Billy Eckstine’s Orchestra before joining Count Basie where he played alongside Frank Foster. He moved on to join Clark Terry’s Big band and continued to play and record until a few months before he died. For Frank's obituary click here: Frank Wess.
Cedric West Guitar
Trombone
b. 9.12.1918  
Harvey Weston Double Bass
Bass Guitar
b. 2.3.1940  
Ian Wheeler Clarinet
Saxophones
Harmonica
b. 13.1.1931
d. 27.6.2011
Clarinet, saxophone and harmonica player born in London in 1931. He formed the River City Jazz band in 1952 and played with the bands of Mike Daniels, Ken Colyer and Keith Smith's Hefty Jazz amongst others. Ian spent two periods with Chris Barber's band from 1961 to 1968 and 1979 to 1998. Click here for Ian's obituary: Ian Wheeler.
JJ Wheeler Drums b. 27.4.1989 Drummer, composer and bandleader from London and Yorkshire who went to Birmingham Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music and who set up his label Mongrel Records. Click here for more about JJ Wheeler.
Kenny Wheeler Trumpet
Flugelhorn
Composer
Arranger
b. 14.1.1930  
Tam White Vocals b. 12.7.1942
d. 21.6.2010
Scottish blues legend credited as the first person to sing live on Top Of The Pops, his career brought him into contact with people such as BB King and Eric Clapton. Born in Edinburgh in July 1942, he was first noticed at the age of 11 in a contest in Princes Street Gardens. Click here for more about Tam: Tam White
Tommy Whittle Saxophones
Clarinet
Bass Clarinet
Flute
Piccolo
b. 13.10.1926
d. 13.10 2013
Scottish saxophonist who moved to London in 1944 to join Johnny Claes band and then went on to work with Lew Stone, Ted Heath, Tony Kinsey, Jack Parnell, the BBC Big band and the Pizza Express All Stars amongst others. Sandy Brown recorded a live set with him in 1971 in a band led by Phil Seamen. Click here for Tommy's obituary: Tommy Whittle.
Gerry Wiggins Piano b. 12.5.1922
d. 13.7.2008
American West Coast pianist who played on Les Hite's 'Jersey Bounce' a record that featured one of the earliest be-bop solos by Dizzy Gillespie. Played with Louis Armstrong, Benny Carter, Scott Hamilton, Lena Horne and many other singers. Click here for obituary: Gerry Wiggins.
Joe Wilder Trumpet b. 22.2.1922
d. 9.5.2014
American trumpeter who was one of the first black musicians to break through into the New York studio scene. He played with Les Hite, Lionel Hampton, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Erskine Hawkins, Lucky Millinder and Count Basie. For Joe's obituary click here: Joe Wilder.
Richard Willcox Trombone b. 30.11.1938
d. 21.12.2007
Trombone player with Wally Fawkes. Radio producer for Jazz Score. Click here for obituary: Richard Willcox
Marion Williams (Marie Power) Vocals

b. 28.3.1930
d. 13.2.2014

In 2012, David Van De Gevel wrote from Greece asking if anyone could help with information about Marion Williams who once sang with John Dankworth (click here for Information page). Cathy Pound, Ben Wallis and Paul Francis (Marie's son, have contacted us to say on 13 February 2014 to say: 'Sad news that Marie Power (formerly Marion Williams) has passed away today (13th February) at the Royal Free cardiac care unit, Hampstead, London. Marion Williams was her name when she was a performer. London born in 1931 to an Irish mother and Nigerian father, she had high profile already by age 18, and in her 20's was with Johnny Dankworth before Cleo Laine. I believe along with other bands she reverted to her maiden or married name later in life when we knew her in Camden. She left the scene I think younger than she needed to and worked with Virgin finance department until her retirement'
Roy Williams Trombone b. 7.3.1937  
Lou Williamson Drums
Vibes
b. 1947
d. 2009
Scottish born drummer and vibes player who moved to Canada. Played with Houston Person, Bill Watrous and Paquito D'Riviera. We do not have an obituary for Lou, but clicking on his name will take you to a page about him from earlier in 2009: Lou Williamson
Abram Wilson Trumpet
Bandleader
b. 30.8.1973
d. 9.6.2012
Born in New Orleans, trumpeter Abram Wilson moved to London in 2002 working with Julian Jospeh and then with Gary Crosby's Jazz Jamaica and Tomorrow's Warriors. He taught in London schools and during the past year had been leading his own Septet that inclduded Jean Toussaint and Peter King. (See this month's 'Taster' article above for more about Abram Wilson). For Abram's obituary click here: Abram Wilson
Joe Lee Wilson Vocals b. 22.12.1935
d. 17.7.201
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African American / Creek Native American jazz vocalist who performed with Sonny Rollins, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard and others. Foe Joe Lee's obituary click here: Joe Lee Wilson.

Amy Winehouse Vocals b. 14.9.1983
d. 23.7.2011
UK singer who sang at times with great jazz interpretation and who died young after a career troubled by drug addiction. For Amy's obituary click here: Amy Winehouse.
Denny Wright

Guitar
Piano
Vocals
Arranger

b. 6.5.1924
d. 8.2.1992

 
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Lee Young Drums
Trumpet
Trombone
Piano
Soprano Saxophone
Band Leader
b.7.3.1917
d. 31.7.2008
Brother of Lester Young. Learned to play trumpet, trombone, piano and soprano sax but finally settled on the drums. Played with Mutt Carey, Buck Clayton, Fats Waller, Nat King Cole and others. Click here for Joe's obituary. Lee Young
Snooky Young

Trumpet

b. 3.2.1919
d. 11.5.2011

American trumpeter born in Ohio in 1919. He played with the bands of Jimmie Lunceford, Count Basie, Lionel hampton, Les Hite, Benny Carter and others. Click here for Snooky's obituary: Snooky Young.
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Joe Zawinul Piano

b. 7.7.1932
d. 11.9.2007

Classically trained pianist who moved from Austria to the United States in 1959 but embraced jazz whilst training at the Vienna Conservatory. Played with Maynard Ferguson, Cannonball Adderley, Miles davis and Weather report which he formed with Wayne Shorter. Click here for Joe's obituary. Joe Zawinul.
Mel Zelnick Drums b. 28.9.1924
d. 21.2.2008
Drummer who played with the US Army band during World war II and went on to play with Benny Goodman in the 1950s and then for Patti Page, Ray Charles and Nat King Cole. He taught drumming in his latter years to many students. For Mel's obituary click here: Mel Zelnick
Bela Zoltan Trumpet    
Mike Zwerin Trombone b. 18.5.1930
d. 2.4.2010
Trombone player who at the age of 19, played with Miles Davis for a week and went on to tour the Soviet Union with Earl Hines. He also played with Eric Dolphy, John Lewis, Maynard Ferguson and Larry Rivers. For Mike's obituary click here: Mike Zwerin

 

John Collinson - Eric Jackson tells us of the passing of John Collinson, pianist with the Jazz Caveners band. John was active with bands in the Sussex area for many years. One band he was with was the Dolphin Jazz Band and fortunately Brian Towers has posted a video on YouTube of the band's recording of Here Comes The Hot Tomali Man and Beale Street Blues (good sound quality) with a number of pictures from the time - click here. There is a lot of interesting information inckluded and Brian says: 'Besides our idols like Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, the L.A. Hot Five, Clarence Williams etc, we were also comfortable playing in the style of bands like George Lewis, Bunk Johnson etc. We would think nothing of playing 3 or 4 times weekly and practicing on the days when we had no gigs. We worked very hard in those days and I think it shows from our recordings. Line-up for the recording consisted of Dolphin original founder-members Peter Treger - trumpet; Chris Watford - clarinet; John Griffiths - bass and myself on trombone and the three who came along a little later - John Collinson - piano; the late Allan Whitmore - drums; and Ted Bishop - banjo. Missing is our original founder-member banjo player Geoff Coates, who died tragically and suddenly in Spain just last December.'

Alan Thomas - Dr John Latham tells us that Alan Thomas, pianist with the Sandy Brown and Cy Laurie bands has passed through the Departure Loung. Alan had retired to Portugal which is where he died at the age of 83 on the 23rd September. Alan played with Sandy from 1954 to 1956 when Sandy and Al Fairweather had moved to London and he played on many of the band's early classic recordings including Everybody Loves Saturday Night, Something Blues, African Queen and Blues Stampede. These were the days when the band had John R.T. Davies on trombone and Graham Burbidge on drums. Ian Armit went on to take over the piano chair when Alan left.

Eric Jackson has written saying: 'I knew Alan Thomas from school days and kept in intermittent touch. After leaving Sandy and Cy he was for a time in a band led by Ches Chesterman. There is also a 1971 LP (No CSD 174 on the Corona lable) under the title Fizzazz - a publicity effort for the soft drink manufacturer . The band was led by Mac Duncan and included Sonny Morris. Before he had his stroke, Alan used to make trips back to the UK and often appeared with Brian White. Annie Hawkins was also mentioned by him as someone he looked up'.

We have not been able to find an obituary for Alan, so please contact us if you can let us have any information about him from the time he left Sandy.

Jim Holmes - Ron Drakeford tells us of the passing of Jim Holmes whose funeral takes place in Bridport, Dorset on January 3rd. The UK trumpeter was born in London and was introduced to jazz by his brother. He took up the trumpet at eighteen and joined the Mike Pointon band in the 1950s. In the 1960s he went to New Orleans where he took lessons from Punch Miller and sat in with the George Lewis band. He played with Albert Nicholas, Butch Thompson and Sammy Rimington amongst others and was one of the founder members of the Excelsior New Orleans Brass Band and the Excelsior Vintage Jazz Band. Ron Drakeford says: 'Jim, Mike Pointon, John Deffery, Bill Stagg and myself made up the original "Lounge Lizards" which was formed to play at Bill Stagg's brother's wedding in the Sheffield area in the early sixties. Bill's brother Tom was a regular jazz event organiser and is currently resident in New Orleans where he has a record outlet. Sad news to hear of Jim's demise at this time of the year especially.' We do not have an obituary for Jim at present, but click here for his details on the Excelsior bands' website. Please contact us if you can let us have more information.

 

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