On January 16, 2021, Julian Clifford Mance, Jr. aka Junior Mance died aged 92. He was musician (piano) and composer, one of the main figures of the Hard bop jazz scene. He recorded and performed with some of the biggest names of jazz, blues and soul music including Gene Amons, Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington, Wynton Kelly, Cannonball Adderley, Dexter Gordon, Nat Adderley, Joe Gordon, Bennie Green, Al Grey, Ernie Andrews, Johnny Griffin, Art Blakey, Cliford Brown, Benny Carter, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cleveland, Arnett Cobb, Red Holloway, Jose James, Ray Crawford, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Eddie Jefferson, Aretha Franklin, Etta Jones, Dizzy Gillespie, Irene Kral, Jay Leonhart, Les McCann, Paul Gonsalves, Howard McGhee, The Metronomes, Virgil Gonsalves, James Moody, Wild Bill Moore, Barbara Morrison, Sandy Mosse, Leo Parker, Ken Peplowski, Billie Poole, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, Alvin Queen, Jimmy Scott, Arnold Sterling, Sonny Stitt, Clark Terry, Frank Vignola, Wilbur Ware, Ben Webster, Joe Williams, Marion Williams, and Leo Wright. As leader, Monce released 56 albums (live and studio). In 2007, Mance and his wife Gloria started their own record label “JunGlo”.
On December 14, 1963, Ruth Lee Jones aka Dinah Washington died aged 39. She was musician (piano) and singer, known as the “the most popular black female recording artist of the ’50s”, and “Queen of the Blues”. Her music was mixture of R&B, and traditional pop, but she was primarily a Jazz singer. She performed and recorded with Fats Waller, Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Ben Webster, Lionel Hampton, and Nat King Cole. In 1986, Washington was inducted in the “Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame”, and in 1993 was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”. In 1959, she won “Grammy Award” for “Best Rhythm & Blues Performance”. As a leader Washington released 17 albums.
On September 2, 2001, Jay Migliori died aged 70. He was a musician (saxophone), a founding member of Supersax, a Charlie Parker tribute band. Some artists he performed and recorded with include Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, The Beach Boys, Frank Zappa, Frank Sinatra, Maynard Ferguson, The 5th Dimension, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, Gene Ammons, Paul Anka, David Axelrod, Hoyt Axton, The Byrds, Captain & Tennille, Harry Chapin, Leonard Cohen, Albert Collins, Dick Dale, Neil Diamond, Woody Herman, Tito Puente, The Manhattan Transfer, Harry Nilsson, Van Dyke Parks, Esther Phillips, Helen Reddy, The Righteous Brothers, The Tubes, Loudon Wainwright III, Joe Williams, Brian Wilson, and Neil Young. As a leader, Migliori released three albums.
On May 24, 2020, Wilbur James Cobb died aged 91. He was musician (drums), one of the most influential and respected drummers in Jazz music. He has recorded and performed with many musicians including Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Dinah Washington, Pearl Bailey, Clark Terry, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holiday, Wynton Kelly, Stan Getz, Wes Montgomery, Art Pepper, Gil Evans, Paul Chambers, Kenny Burrell, J. J. Johnson, Sonny Stitt, Nat Adderley, Phil Upchurch, Benny Golson, Hank Jones, Ron Carter, George Coleman, Fathead Newman, Geri Allen, Earl Bostic, Leo Parker, Charlie Rouse, Ernie Royal, Philly Joe Jones, Bobby Timmons, Walter Booker, Jerome Richardson, Joey DeFrancesco, Keter Betts, Jimmy Cleveland, Sam Jones, Red Garland, Joe Henderson, Eddie Gómez, Bill Evans, Jeremy Steig, Richard Wyands, Peter Bernstein, Walter Bishop, Jr., Richie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Ricky Ford, David Amram, Donald Byrd, Kenny Barron and Toshiko Akiyoshi. Cobb recorded 17 albums as a leader.
On November 22, 1955, “Savoy” label released “Bohemia After Dark”, the fourth Kenny Clarke album. It was recorded June – July 1955, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, NJ, and was produced by Ozzie Cadena.
- Kenny Clarke- drums
- Cannonball Adderley- alto saxophone
- Nat Adderley– cornet
- Donald Byrd- trumpet tracks
- Jerome Richardson- tenor saxophone, flute
- Horace Silver- piano
- Hank Jones- piano
- Paul Chambers- bass
All tracks by Julian “Cannonball” Adderley and Nat Adderley except where noted.
- Bohemia After Dark – Oscar Pettiford
- Willow Weep for Me – Ann Ronell
- Hear Me Talkin’ to Ya
- With Apologies to Oscar
- We’ll Be Together Again – Carl T. Fischer, Frankie Laine
- Late Entry
In August 1958, “Blue Note” label released “Somethin’ Else”, the eight Julian “Cannonball” Adderley album. It was recorded on March 9, 1958, at “Van Gelder Studio” in New Jersey, and was produced by Alfred Lion.
- Cannonball Adderley– alto saxophone
- Miles Davis– trumpet
- Hank Jones– piano
- Sam Jones– bass
- Art Blakey– drums
- Rudy Van Gelder– recording engineer
- Autumn Leaves – Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prévert
- Love for Sale – Cole Porter
- Somethin’ Else – Miles Davis
- One for Daddy-O – Nat Adderley
- Dancing in the Dark – Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz
In July 1963, “Riverside” label released “Cannonball’s Bossa Nova”, the 26th Julian “Cannonball” Adderley album. It was recorded in December 1962, in New York City, and was produced by Orrin Keepnews.
- Cannonball Adderley – alto saxophone
- Sérgio Mendes- piano
- Durval Ferreira – guitar
- Octavio Bailly, Jr. – bass
- Dom Um Romão- drums
- Pedro Paulo – trumpet
- Paulo Moura- alto saxophone
- Clouds – Durval Ferreira, Maurício Einhorn
- Minha Saudades – João Donato
- Corcovado – Antonio Carlos Jobim
- Batida Differentes – Durval Ferreira, Maurício Einhorn
- Joyce’s Samba – Durval Ferreira, Maurício Einhorn
- Groovy Samba – Sérgio Mendes
- O Amor Em Paz (Once I Loved) – Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, João Gilberto
- Sambops – Durval Ferreira, Maurício Einhorn
On February 4, 2013, Donaldson Toussaint L’Ouverture “Donald” Byrd II died aged 80. He was trumpeter, best known as founder and leader the band The Blackbyrds, and regarded as one of the pioneeres of the fusion of funk and soul genres with jazz music. He had successful solo career, and has recorded and performed with big number of famous musicians including Herbie Hancock, Pepper Adams, Gigi Gryce, Jackie McLean, Hank Mobley, Dexter Gordon, George Wallington, Kenny Clarke, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Pettiford, Hank Jones, Ernie Wilkins, Art Blakey, Rita Reys, Elmo Hope, Phil Woods, Gene Ammons, Art Farmer, Paul Chambers, Doug Watkins, Sonny Rollins, Kenny Burrell, Gigi Gryce, Lou Donaldson, Jimmy Smith, Art Taylor, Kenny Drew, Sonny Clark, John Jenkins, Red Garland, John Coltrane, Pepper Adams, Michel Legrand, Dizzy Reece, Mundell Lowe, Thelonious Monk, Chris Connor, Eric Dolphy, Cal Tjader, Sam Rivers, Wes Monthomery, Stanley Turrentine, Guru and Ahmad Jamal.