On December 29, 2020, Claude Bolling died aged 90. He was musician (piano), composer, and arranger. He wrote music for more than one hundred movies, collaborated with classical musicians, but also with musicians from various genres including Alexandre Lagoya, Pinchas Zukerman, Maurice André, and Yo-Yo Ma. Bolling has worked with some of the biggest names in the jazz music including Roy Eldridge, Kenny Clarke. Oscar Peterson, Lionel Hampton, Duke Ellington, Stéphane Grappelli, and Django Reinhardt. As leader he released 24 albums.
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 October 1, 1999, “High Note” label released “Chillin’”, the 29th David “Fathead” Newman album. It was recorded in December 1998, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and was produced by David “Fathead” Newman and Houston Person.
- David “Fathead” Newman– soprano, alto and tenor saxophone, flute
- John Hicks– piano
- Bryan Carrott– vibraphone
- Steve Novosel– bass
- Winard Harper– drums
- Cadino Newman – vocals
- Take the Coltrane – Duke Ellington
- Return to Paradise – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
- The Whole Tzimmes – David “Fathead” Newman
- These Foolish Things – Jack Strachey, Holt Marvell, Harry Link
- Invitation – Bronisław Kaper, Paul Francis Webster
- Chillin’ – David “Fathead” Newman
- Caravan – Juan Tizol, Duke Ellington, Irving Mills
- Red Top – Lionel Hampton, Ben Kynard
On August 17, 2010, “Heads Up”, label released “Chamber Music Society”, the third Esperanza Spalding studio album. It was recorded in October 2009 and was produced by Esperanza Spalding, and Gil Goldstein.
- Esperanza Spalding– vocals, bass guitar, double bass
- Milton Nascimento– guest vocals
- Leo Genovese– piano, electric piano, melodica
- Terri Lyne Carrington– drums
- Quintino Cinalli – percussion
- Entcho Todorov – violin
- Lois Martin – viola
- David Eggar – cello
- Ricardo Vogt – nylon-stringed guitar
- Gretchen Parlato– backing vocals
- Gil Goldstein– co-arranger
All tracks by Esperanza Spalding, except where noted.
- Little Fly – lyrics by William Blake, music by Esperanza Spalding
- Knowledge of Good and Evil
- Really Very Small
- Chacarera – Leo Genovese
- Wild Is the Wind – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
- Apple Blossom
- As a Sprout
- What a Friend
- Winter Sun
- Inútil Paisagem – lyrics byAloísio de Oliveira, music by Antonio Carlos Jobim
- Short and Sweet
- Midnight Sun – lyrics by Johnny Mercer, music by Lionel Hampton, Sonny Burke
On July 22, 2004, Alexandre “Sacha” Distel died aged 71. He was singer, guitarist, and actor, during his career worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Tony Bennett, Kenny Clarke, Jimmy Gourley, Lionel Hampton, Slide Hampton, Bobby Jaspar, Barney Kessel, John Lewis, Pierre Michelot, Bernard Peiffer, Henri Renaud, Fats Sadi, Art Simmons, Martial Solal, René Urtreger, and Barney Wilen. In 1997, Distel was made “Chevalier (Knight) of the Légion d’honneur”.
In June 1978, “Pablo” label released “How Long Has This Been Going On?” the 43rd Sarah Vaughan album. It was recorded in April 1978 and was produced by Norman Granz.
- Sarah Vaughan– vocal
- Oscar Peterson– piano
- Joe Pass– guitar
- Ray Brown– double bass
- Louie Bellson– drums
- I’ve Got the World on a String – Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
- Midnight Sun – Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer
- How Long Has This Been Going On? – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
- You’re Blasé – Ord Hamilton, Bruce Sievier
- Easy Living – Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
- More Than You Know – Edward Eliscu, Billy Rose, Vincent Youmans
- My Old Flame – Sam Coslow, Arthur Johnston
- Teach Me Tonight – Sammy Cahn, Gene de Paul
- Body and Soul – Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton, Johnny Green
- When Your Lover Has Gone – Einar Aaron Swan
On May 2, 2020, Richie Cole died aged 72. He was composer, arranger and musician (saxophone), began to play alto saxophone when he was ten years old, encouraged by his father, who owned a jazz club in New Jersey. In the 70’ he created his own “alto madness” bebop style. In the 90’s he formed The Alto Madness Orchestra. Cole recorded and performed with many musicians such as Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Doc Severinsen, Eddie Jefferson, Nancy Wilson, Tom Waits, The Manhattan Transfer, Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard, Eric Kloss, Bobby Enriquez, Phil Woods, Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Greg Abate, Les DeMerle, Allan Harris, Jim Holman, Vic Juris, Peter Lauffer, Oliver Nelson, Anita O’Day, Red Rodney, Janine Santana, Mark Murphy, Sonny Stitt and Boots Randolph. In 2005, Cole was awarded the “State of California Congressional Certificate of Lifetime Achievement in Jazz” on behalf of the “Temecula Jazz Society”.
On September 30, 1997, “Verve” label released “Dear Ella”, the eleventh Dee Dee Bridgewater studio album. It was recorded January – February 1997. At the 40th Grammy Awards, the album won Bridgewater the “Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album” and Slide Hampton the “Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist”, for the arrangement of “Cotton Tail”.
- Dee Dee Bridgewater– vocals
- Cecil Bridgewater– trumpet, arranger, conductor
- Virgil Jones – trumpet, horn, soloist
- Byron Stripling– trumpet
- Ron Tooley – trumpet
- Diego Urcola – trumpet
- Slide Hampton– trombone, arranger, conductor
- Clarence Banks – trombone, horn, soloist
- Benny Powell– trombone
- Robert Trowers– trombone
- Douglas Purviance– bass trombone
- Robert Lloyd – horn
- Anderson – tuba
- Antonio Hart– alto saxophone, soloist
- Jeff Clayton– alto saxophone
- Teodross Avery– tenor saxophone
- Bill Easley– tenor saxophone
- Patience Higgins – baritone saxophone
- Taylor – flute
- Jowitt – clarinet
- Wallbank – bass clarinet
- J. Morgan – oboe
- Lou Levy– piano, arranger
- Milt Jackson– vibraphone
- Kenny Burrell– guitar, arranger
- Ray Brown– double bass
- Grady Tate– drums
- André Ceccarelli– drums
- Hakin – percussion
- Boguslaw Kostecki, A. Noland, T. Williams, R. Wilson – violin
- Graham and G. Jackson – viola
- Peter Willison – cello
- John Clayton – big band arranger, conductor
- Rob Eaton, Keith Grant, Al Schmitt– engineer
- Peter Doell, Koji Egawa, Brian Garten, Alex Marcou – assistant engineer
- Jean Luc Barilla – design
- Philippe Pierangeli – photography
- A-Tisket, A-Tasket – Van Alexander, Ella Fitzgerald
- Mack the Knife – Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill
- Undecided – Leo Robin, Charlie Shavers
- Midnight Sun – Sonny Burke, Lionel Hampton, Johnny Mercer
- Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love – Cole Porter
- How High the Moon – Morgan Hamilton, Nancy Lewis
- (If You Can’t Sing It) You’ll Have to Swing It (Mr. Paganini) – Sam Coslow
- Cotton Tail – Duke Ellington
- My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Cole Porter
- (I’d Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China – Frank Loesser
- Oh, Lady be Good! – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
- Stairway to the Stars — Matty Malneck, Mitchell Parish, Frank Signorelli
- Dear Ella – Kenny Burrell
On April 2, 1987, Bernard “Buddy” Rich died aged 69. He was musician (drums) and bandleader, known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed. In his career Rich performed with some of the biggest names of the modern music including, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Tommy Dorsey, Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Lester Young, Max Roach, Alla Rakha, Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Dizzy Gillespie.
On January 5, 1977, Charles Mingus Jr. Died aged 57.Being composer, bandleader and bass player, Mingus is regarded as one of the most creative and influential Jazz artists of all times.
For his work and contribution to the modern music, Mingus has received many awards including:
- “Guggenheim Fellowship” (1971).
- Inducted in the “Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame” (1971).
- “National Endowment for the Arts” provided grants for a Mingus nonprofit called “Let My Children Hear Music” which cataloged all of Mingus’s works (1988)
- “The Library of Congress” acquired Mingus’s collected papers in what they described as “the most important acquisition of a manuscript collection relating to jazz in the Library’s history.(1993)]
- “The United States Postal Service” issued a stamp in his honor (1995).
- Posthumously awarded the “Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award” (1997)
- Album “Mingus Dynasty”(1959) inducted in the “Grammy Hall of Fame” (1999)
- Inducted in the “Jazz at Lincoln Center”, Nesuhi Ertegun “Jazz Hall of Fame” (2005)
He has recorded and performed with some of the most important musicians of the modern music, including: Illinois Jacquet, Dinah Washington, Wilbert Baranco, Ivie Anderson, Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Billy Taylor, Oscar Pettiford, Max Roach, Bud Powell, Paul Bley, Teo Macero, Oscar Pettiford, Ada Moore, Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, Hazel Scott, John Mehegan, Thad Jones, John Dennis, Ralph Sharon, Miles Davis, Teddy Charles, The Metronome All-Stars, Jimmy Knepper, Langston Hughes, Duke Ellington, Max Roach and Eric Dolphy.