On This Day

Jazz Music in History (Part 9)

Events in Music


Birthdays in Music

Birthdays 801 - 900 of 1,524

  • 1934-09-26 Dick Heckstall-Smith, British jazz-blues saxophonist, born in Ludlow, Shropshire, England (d. 2004)
  • 1934-10-20 Eddie Harris, American jazz saxophonist and composer, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 1996)
  • 1934-10-26 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, born in Angers, France (d. 2019)
  • 1934-10-27 Barre Phillips, American jazz double bassist, based in France, born in San Francisco, California
  • 1934-10-27 Ivan Jullien, French jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, born in Vincennes, France (d. 2015)
  • 1934-10-29 Pim Jacobs, Dutch jazz pianist, TV host and actor (Gilas), born in Hilversum, Netherlands (d. 1996)
  • 1934-11-14 Ellis Marsalis, American jazz pianist & teacher, born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 2020)
  • 1934-11-17 Marion Montgomery [Marian Runnells], American-British jazz singer ("Maybe the Morning"), born in Natchez, Mississippi, (d. 2002)
  • 1935-01-07 Kenny Davern, American jazz clarinetist, born in Huntington, New York (d. 2006)
  • 1935-01-08 Ian Bargh, Scottish-born Canadian jazz pianist and composer, born in Prestwick, Scotland (d. 2012)
  • 1935-03-30 Karl Berger, German jazz pianist, vibraphone player, and musicologist, born in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1935-03-31 Herb Alpert, American jazz trumpeter and bandleader (Tijuana Brass - "This Guy's In Love With You"), and record executive (A & M), born in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
  • 1935-04-09 Reuben Wilson, American jazz organist ("Got to Get Your Own"), born in Mounds, Oklahoma
  • 1935-04-15 Gene Cherico, American jazz bassist, born in Buffalo, New York (d. 1994)

Dudley Moore

1935-04-19 Dudley Moore, English comedian, actor (10; Arthur; Bedazzled), jazz pianist, and composer, born in London (d. 2002)

  • 1935-04-21 Pat Rebillot, American jazz and session pianist, arranger, and composer (Herbie Mann), born in Louisville, Ohio
  • 1935-04-22 Paul Chambers, American jazz bassist (Miles Davis Quintet, 1955-63; Wynton Kelly Trio, 1963-68), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1969)
  • 1935-04-23 Vernice "Bunky" Green, American jazz saxophonist (Healing The Pain), and educator, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1935-04-23 Milton Banana [Antônio de Souza], Brazilian bossa nova jazz drummer (João Gilberto and Stan Getz), born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1998)
  • 1935-05-05 Edward "Kidd" Jordan, American jazz saxophonist and music educator, born in Crowley, New Orleans
  • 1935-05-12 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), born in Burley, Idaho (d. 2020)
  • 1935-05-22 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), born in The Bronx, New York City (d. 1991)
  • 1935-05-24 Valerie Capers, American jazz pianist, composer ("Sing About Love"; "Sojourner"), and educator, born in New York City
  • 1935-05-27 Ramsey Lewis, American Grammy Award-winning jazz-pop pianist ("The In Crowd"; "Wade in the Water"), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1935-05-31 Albert "Tootie" Heath, American jazz hard bop drummer (John Coltrane; Art Farmer; Jimmy Heath; Tete Montoliu, Yusef Lateef), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-06-03 Ted Curson, American jazz tumpeter, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2012)
  • 1935-06-05 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), born in Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, USSR (d. 2017)
  • 1935-06-06 Grant Green, American jazz guitarist, born in St. Louis (d. 1979)
  • 1935-07-09 Frank Wright, American free jazz saxophonist, born in Grenada, Mississippi (d. 1990)
  • 1935-08-07 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1977)
  • 1935-09-03 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (d. 2019)
  • 1935-09-08 James Clay, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 1995)
  • 1935-10-13 Paul Humphrey, American jazz, R&B, and rock session and touring drummer, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2014)
  • 1935-10-13 Alexey Kozlov, Russian jazz-fusion saxophonist, bandleader, and composer (Arsenal), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1935-10-18 Sam Reed, American jazz and session saxophonist, and musical director (Uptown Theater (Philadelphia); Teddy Pendergrass), born in Kingstree, South Carolina (d. 2021)
  • 1935-10-21 Bobby Few, American jazz pianist and vocalist, born in Cleveland, Ohio (d. 2021)
  • 1935-10-21 Don Rader, American big band jazz trumpeter and arranger (Woody Herman; Maynard Ferguson; Count Basie; Les Brown), born in Rochester, Pennsylvania
  • 1935-11-17 Roswell Rudd ,American free-jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), and avant-garde composer. (New York Art Quartet), born in Sharon, Connecticut (d. 2017)
  • 1935-12-19 Bobby Timmons, American jazz pianist (Moanin'), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1974)
  • 1936-01-07 Eldee Young, American jazz upright bassist (Ramsey Lewis Trio, 1956-66 'The In Crowd"; Young-Holt Unlimited - "Soulful Strut"), born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2007)
  • 1936-01-30 Horst Jankowski, German jazz and easy listening pianist ("A Walk In The Black Forest"), born in Berlin, Germany (d. 1998)
  • 1936-02-16 William "Buddy" Deppenschmidt, American jazz drummer (Charlie Byrd Trio - "Jazz Samba"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2021) [1]
  • 1936-03-02 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), born in New York City (d. 2018)
  • 1936-03-08 Gábor Szabó, Hungarian-American jazz guitarist (Spellbinder), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 1982)
  • 1936-03-20 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 2019)
  • 1936-03-21 Brian Dee, British jazz and session pianist and accompanist, born in London, England
  • 1936-03-24 Fredrick Kaufman, American jazz trumpeter (Woody Herman), classical composer (Mother of Exiles; Kaminarimon), and educator (born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1936-03-25 Lawrence Bernard "Larry" Gales, American jazz bassist, born in New York City (d. 1995)
  • 1936-03-29 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical, jazz, and film score composer (Far From The Madding Crowd; Four Weddings And A Funeral), born in Kent, England (d. 2012)
  • 1936-04-03 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), born in Irvington, New Jersey (d. 1961)
  • 1936-04-03 Jimmy McGriff, American jazz Hammond organist, born in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2008)
  • 1936-04-06 Manfred Schoof, German free jazz trumpeter and composer (Globe United Orchestra), and educator, born in Magdeburg, Germany
  • 1936-04-13 Henryk Majewski, Polish big band jazz trumpeter (Old Timers), born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 2005)
  • 1936-04-28 John Tchicai, Danish jazz saxophonist and composer (New York Art Quartet), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 2012)
  • 1936-05-11 Carla Bley [Lovella Borg], American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer (Escalator Over The Hill; Fictitious Sports), born in Oakland, California
  • 1936-05-12 Klaus Doldinger, German jazz saxophonist (Passport) and composer for film, born in Berlin, Germany
  • 1936-05-12 David Snell, British jazz harpist and conductor, born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1936-06-04 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), born in Wallasey, Cheshire, England (d. 1986)
  • 1936-07-22 Don Patterson, American jazz organist ("Hip Cake Walk"; Holiday Soul), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 1988)
  • 1936-08-10 Chuck Israels, American jazz double bassist, composer (Bill Evans Trio), arranger, and band leader, born in New York City
  • 1936-08-22 Lex Humphries, American jazz drummer (Sun Ra Arkestra), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1936-10-11 Billy Higgins, American jazz drummer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2001)
  • 1936-10-24 Bill Wyman, English rock and jazz bassist (Rolling Stones, 1962-93 - "Under My Thumb"), born in Lewisham, London
  • 1936-11-18 Don Cherry, American jazz trumpeter (Ornette Coleman), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 1995)
  • 1936-12-07 Arthur Jenkins, Jr., American jazz and pop session and touring keyboardist, composer, and arranger (Johnny Nash; Harry Belafonte; John Lennon; Roberta Flack), born in the Bronx, New York City (d. 2009)
  • 1936-12-15 Eddie Palmieri, American Latin jazz pianist, bandleader, and composer (La Perfecta), born in New York City
  • 1936-12-15 Krzysztof Sadowski, Polish jazz pianist, Hammond organ player, and composer, born in Warsaw
  • 1937-01-09 Malcolm Cecil, British jazz bassist, record producer, audio engineer, and electronic musician (Ronnie Scott; Blues Incorporated; TONTO's Expanding Head Band), born in London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1937-01-19 Phil Wilson, American jazz trombonist, arranger (Woody Herman; Buddy Rich), and teacher (Berklee College of Music; New England Conservatory), born in Belmont, Massachusetts
  • 1937-01-29 Bobby Scott, American composer, arranger and jazz singer ("He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother"), born in Mt Pleasant, New York (d. 1990)
  • 1937-02-09 (Leonard) "Len" Skeat, British jazz double-bassist, born in East End, London, England (d. 2021)
  • 1937-02-20 Nancy Wilson, American Grammy Award-winning R&B and jazz vocalist ("Guess Who I Saw Today"; "(You Don't Know) How Glad I Am"), and actress, born in Chillicothe, Ohio (d. 2018)
  • 1937-02-25 Don Randi [Schwartz], American session and touring pop, rock, and jazz keyboard player (Nancy Sinatra), born in New York City
  • 1937-02-26 Hagood Hardy, American-Canadian jazz and easy listening pianist, vibraphonist and film score composer ("The Homecoming"), born in Angola, Indiana (d. 1997)
  • 1937-03-10 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), born in Oslo, Norway (d. 2019)
  • 1937-04-24 Joe Henderson, American jazz saxophonist, born in Lima, Ohio (d. 2001)
  • 1937-05-02 Torbjörn Hultcrantzn, Swedish jazz double player, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1994)
  • 1937-05-04 Ron Carter, American jazz double bassist and cellist (Ron Carter Meets Bach), born in Ferndale, Michigan
  • 1937-05-10 Mike Melvoin, American jazz and studio pianist, composer, and arranger, born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (d. 2012)
  • 1937-05-15 Karin Krog, Norwegian jazz singer and composer, born in Oslo, Norway
  • 1937-06-03 Grachan Moncur III, American post-bop and modern jazz trombonist and composer (Evolution; Exploration), born in NYC (d. 2022) [1]
  • 1937-06-26 Ruben "Baby" López Furst, Argentine jazz pianist, born in Buenos Aires, Argentina (d. 2000)
  • 1937-07-10 Sandy Stewart [Galitz], American jazz and cabaret singer ("My Coloring Book"), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1937-07-10 George Young, American jazz and session saxophonist (White Elephant Orchestra; Saturday Night Live Band), born in Philadelphia, PA)
  • 1937-08-06 Charlie Haden, American jazz double-bassist (Liberation Music Orchestra; Quartet West), born in Shenandoah, Iowa (d. 2014)
  • 1937-08-27 Alice Coltrane [née McLeod], American jazz harp, piano, and organ player (Journey in Satchidananda), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2007)
  • 1937-09-20 Monica Zetterlund, Swedish jazz singer (with Bill Evans - "Waltz For Debby"), and actress, born in Hagfors, Sweden (d. 2005)
  • 1937-09-20 Margo Guryan, American jazz and pop pianist, songwriter, and singer (“I’m on My Way to Saturday”; "Take a Picture"), born in Hempstead, Long Island, New York (d. 2021)
  • 1937-09-25 Michael Gibbs, jazz composer (Mike Gibbs + 12 play Gil Evans), born in Harare, Zimbabwe
  • 1937-11-22 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, born in Horlivka, Soviet Ukraine (d. 2020)
  • 1937-11-27 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 2020) [1]
  • 1937-12-11 (Bobbe) "Beegie" Adair (née Long), American jazz and Nashville-based session pianist, and educator, born in Cave City, Kentucky (d. 2022)
  • 1937-12-16 Joe Farrell, American jazz saxophonist, born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, (d. 1986)
  • 1937-12-16 Bobby Porcelli, American Latin and Afro-Cuban jazz saxophone and flute player, born in New York City
  • 1938-01-08 Jørn Elniff, Danish bebop jazz drummer (Music for Mice and Men; Bud Powell), born in Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1991)
  • 1938-01-26 Bill Wurtzel, American jazz and classical guitarist (Count Basie), born in Forestburgh, New York
  • 1938-03-13 Julian Bahula, South African British based jazz and world music drummer, composer and bandleader, born in Eersterust, Pretoria
  • 1938-03-23 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2015)
  • 1938-04-07 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpeter (Art Blakey), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1938-06-15 Tony Oxley, British free-jazz and avant-garde drummer, born in Sheffield, England

Weddings in Music


Divorces in Music


Deaths in Music

Deaths 801 - 900 of 935

  • 2014-11-02 (Bernard) "Acker" Bilk, British clarinetist who was part of the traditional jazz revival of the 1950s and 1960s, dies at 85
  • 2014-12-24 Boniface "Buddy" DeFranco, Italian-American jazz clarinetist and bandleader (Glenn Miller Orchestra), dies at 91
  • 2015-01-01 Jeff Golub, American jazz guitarist (Avenue Blue; Rod Stewart), dies of a rare brain disease at 59
  • 2015-01-03 Ivan Jullien, French jazz and session trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 80
  • 2015-02-03 William Thomas McKinley, American composer and jazz pianist, dies at 76
  • 2015-02-21 Clark Terry, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 94
  • 2015-03-01 Orrin Keepnews, American jazz producer and founder of Riverside Records and Milestone Records labels, dies at 91
  • 2015-03-08 Lew Soloff, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat and Tears), dies at 71
  • 2015-03-26 John Renbourn, British jazz and folk guitarist and songwriter (Pentangle), dies of a heart attack at 70

Ornette Coleman

2015-06-11 Ornette Coleman, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation), dies of a heart attack at 85

  • 2015-06-12 Monica Lewis, American jazz singer and film actress (Box Office, Affair with a Stranger), dies at 93
  • 2015-06-21 Gunther Schuller, American horn player and jazz composer ("Of Reminiscences and Reflections" - Pulitzer Prize, 1994), dies at 89
  • 2015-08-15 Gordon "Jazz" Summers, British music manager (Wham; Snow Patrol), dies at 71
  • 2015-09-27 Wilton Felder, American jazz-fusion saxophonist and bassist (The Crusaders), dies from multiple myeloma at 75
  • 2015-09-29 Phil Woods, American jazz saxophonist and composer (Steely Dan's "Doctor Wu"; Billy Joel's "Just The Way You Are"), dies of emphysema at 83
  • 2015-10-02 Coleridge Goode, Jamaican-British jazz double bassist (Joe Harriot Quintet), dies at 100 [1]
  • 2015-10-03 Dave Pike, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player, dies at 77
  • 2016-01-06 Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros, Cuban jazz trumpeter (Orchestra Harlow; Eddie Palmieri), dies of prostate cancer at 79 
  • 2016-01-25 Frank Collett [Taglieri], American jazz pianist and bandleader, dies of liver failure at 75
  • 2016-02-25 John Chilton, English jazz trumpeter (Feetwarmers), dies at 83
  • 2016-03-09 Juvenal "Naná' Vasconcelos, Brazilian jazz and world music percussionist, and berimbau player (Pat Metheny, Björk, Milton Nascimento), dies of lung cancer at 71
  • 2016-03-10 Ernestine Anderson, American jazz vocalist and blues singer, dies at 87
  • 2016-03-26 David Baker, American jazz trombonist and cellist, jazz and classical composer (Reflections), and educator (Indiana University), dies at 84
  • 2016-04-06 Dennis Davis, American jazz, rock and funk drummer (Roy Ayers; David Bowie, 1975-80; Stevie Wonder), dies of cancer at 66
  • 2016-04-13 Jeremy Steig, American jazz flutist ("Howlin' for Judy"; "Wayfaring Stranger"), dies of cancer at 73
  • 2016-06-29 Rob Wasserman, American jazz and rock double bassist, and composer (RatDog; Duets), dies at 64
  • 2016-08-06 Pete Fountain [Pierre LaFontaine], American jazz and Dixieland clarinetist (Lawrence Welk, 1957-59), dies at 86
  • 2016-08-15 Bobby Hutcherson, American jazz vibraphone and marimba player ("Little B's Poem"; SFJAZZ Collective), dies of emphysema at 75
  • 2016-08-22 (Jean-Baptiste) "Toots" Thielemans, Belgian-American jazz harmonica player, guitarist, whistler, and composer, dies at 94
  • 2016-08-22 Roberto Cassan, Italian-American jazz and folk accordionist, dies of a heart attack at 53
  • 2016-11-15 Mose Allison, American jazz and blues piano player, singer, and composer ("Everybody's Cryin Mercy"; "Your Mind Is on Vacation"), dies at 89
  • 2016-11-28 Allan Zavod, Australian classical and jazz pianist and composer, dies of brain cancer at 71
  • 2017-01-10 Buddy Greco, American jazz singer (Away We Go, Broadway Open House), dies at 90
  • 2017-01-27 Benny Barth, American session and touring jazz drummer, dies at 86
  • 2017-02-07 Svend Asmussen, Danish jazz violinist, known as "The Fiddling Viking" (The Swe-Danes), dies at 100
  • 2017-02-12 Al Jarreau, American jazz singer (Moonlighting), dies at 76
  • 2017-02-19 Larry Coryell, American jazz guitarist (11th House), dies at 73
  • 2017-03-03 Misha Mengelberg, Dutch jazz pianist and composer (Reconstruction), dies at 81
  • 2017-03-03 Lyle Ritz, American jazz ukulele and session bassist, dies at 87
  • 2017-03-27 Arthur Blythe, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 76
  • 2017-05-07 David Pell, American big band jazz saxophonist, bandleader (Dave Pell Octet), and record producer, dies at 92
  • 2017-05-22 (Granville) "Mickey" Roker, American jazz drummer (Art Farmer; Milt Jackson; Dizzy Gillespie), dies suffering from diabetes and lung cancer at 84
  • 2017-06-22 Jimmy Nalls, American session and touring rock-jazz-fusion guitarist (Sea Level), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 66
  • 2017-06-27 Geri Allen, American jazz pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator, dies of cancer at 60 [1]
  • 2017-07-12 Ray Phiri, South African jazz and mbaqanga guitarist (Paul Simon; Stimela), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2017-08-07 Janet Seidel, Australian jazz pianist, vocalist, arranger, and educator, dies of ovarian cancer at 62
  • 2017-08-22 John Abercrombie, American jazz guitarist, dies of heart failure at 72
  • 2017-08-29 Larry Elgart, American big band jazz alto saxophonist, and bandleader ("Bandstand Boogie"; "Hooked On Swing"), dies at 95
  • 2017-11-27 Robert Lee "Pops" Popwell, American jazz-funk bass guitarist, dies at 66
  • 2017-12-16 Keely Smith [Dorothy Keely], American jazz and pop singer (w/ husband Louis Prima -"That Old Black Magic"; "I Wish You Love"), dies from heart failure at 89 [1]
  • 2017-12-17 Kevin Mahogany, American jazz vocalist ("Double Rainbow"; "Pride And Joy"), dies of diabetes complications at 59 [1] [2]
  • 2017-12-21 Roswell Rudd ,American free-jazz trombonist (Archie Shepp), and avant-garde composer (New York Art Quartet), dies of prostate cancer at 82
  • 2018-01-14 Marlene VerPlanck [Pampinella], American jazz and pop vocalist, dies of pancreatic cancer at 84
  • 2018-01-23 Hugh Masekela, South African trumpeter, anti-apartheid activist (I Am Not Afraid), described as the "father of South African jazz," dies at 78
  • 2018-02-03 Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, American pop, funk and jazz session and touring drummer, (Michael Jackson -"Billie Jean"; George Duke; Herbie Hancock), composer, and producer, dies of prostate cancer at 65
  • 2018-03-16 Buell Neidlinger, American pop, jazz, and classical session cellist and double bassist (Cecil Taylor; Frank Zappa; Duane Eddy), dies at 82
  • 2018-03-22 Morgana King, American jazz singer and actress (The Godfather, The Godfather Part II), dies of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at 87
  • 2018-04-05 Cecil Taylor, American pianist, poet, and one of the pioneers of free jazz, dies at 89
  • 2018-06-09 Lorraine Gordon [Stein], American jazz music advocate and owner of Village Vanguard jazz club, dies at 95
  • 2018-07-03 Bill Watrous, American jazz trombonist, dies at 79
  • 2018-10-25 Sonny Fortune [Cornelius Fortune], American jazz saxophonist, dies at 79
  • 2018-12-13 Nancy Wilson, American jazz vocalist ("Feel Like Making Love"), dies at 81
  • 2018-12-31 Urban "Urbie" Green, American jazz trombonist (Woody Herman; Buck Clayton; Hugo Montenegro), dies at 92
  • 2019-02-16 Ken Nordine, American voice-over and recording artist (World Jazz), dies at 98
  • 2019-02-17 Ethel Ennis, American jazz singer (If Women Ruled The World), dies of a stroke at 86 [1]
  • 2019-02-23 Dorothy Masuka, Zimbabwe-born South African jazz singer and activist, dies from complications of a stroke at 83
  • 2019-02-28 André Previn [Andreas Priwin], German-American conductor (London Symphony, 1968-79; Pittsburgh Symphony, 1975-85), film score composer (My Fair Lady), and jazz pianist, dies at 89-ish
  • 2019-03-05 Jacques Loussier, French pianist and composer who created jazz arrangements of Bach and other classical music, dies at 84
  • 2019-04-19 Bob Efford, British jazz and session baritone saxophonist and reed player, dies at 91
  • 2019-05-19 Alfred Janson, Norwegian jazz and classical pianist and composer (Passacaglia Vendetta; Variations over Variations on a Norwegian Folk Tune), dies at 82
  • 2019-06-23 Dave Bartholomew, American R&B, rock, and jazz musician, composer,producer, and songwriter ("I Hear You Knocking"; "Ain't That A Shame"; "Walkin' To New Orleans"), dies at 100
  • 2019-07-03 Duncan Lamont, Scottish jazz and session trumpet and saxophone player, arranger, and songwriter ("I Told You So"), dies at 87
  • 2019-08-06 Maurice Simon, American jazz saxophonist, dies at 90
  • 2019-09-17 Harold Mabern Jr., American post-bop jazz pianist and composer, dies at 83
  • 2019-12-27 Garrett List, American classical and jazz composer and trombonist (Julliard Ensemble) dies at 76
  • 2019-12-27 (Beryl) "Jack" Sheldon, American jazz trumpeter (Merv Griffin), singer (Schoolhouse Rock), and actor (Run Buddy Run), dies at 88
  • 2019-12-31 Christian Kellens, Belgian jazz trombonist, dies at 94
  • 2020-01-19 Jimmy Heath, American jazz saxophonist and composer, known as "Little Bird", dies at 93
  • 2020-01-27 Alberto Naranjo, Venezuelan jazz drummer, composer and arranger, dies at 78
  • 2020-02-29 William O. Smith [Bill Smith], American classical and jazz composer and clarinetist (played with Dave Brubeck), dies at 93
  • 2020-03-06 McCoy Tyner, American jazz pianist (John Coltrane Quartet), dies at 81
  • 2020-03-31 Wallace Roney, American post-bop jazz trumpeter, dies of Covid-19 complications at 59 [1]
  • 2020-04-01 John "Bucky" Pizzarelli, American jazz guitarist, dies of Covid-19 at 94
  • 2020-04-13 Ryo Kawasaki, Japanese jazz fusion guitarist, composer, band leader, and synthesizer software programmer, dies at 73
  • 2020-04-15 (Leon) "Lee" Konitz, American jazz saxophonist (Miles Davis - Birth of the Cool), dies of COVID-19 complications at 92
  • 2020-04-22 Robert "Bootsie" Barnes, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies of Covid-19 at 82 [1]
  • 2020-05-03 Frederick Charles Tillis, American jazz and classical composer, dies at 90
  • 2020-05-16 Donn Trenner, American jazz pianist, arranger, and orchestra leader (Steve Allen's Westinghouse Show), dies at 93
  • 2020-05-24 [Wilbur James] Jimmy Cobb, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis' First Great Sextet), dies of lung cancer at 91
  • 2020-05-28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • 2020-06-27 (Lionel) Frederick "Freddy" Cole, American jazz singer and pianist, dies at 88 [1]
  • 2020-07-02 Nikolai Kapustin, Russian jazz pianist and composer, dies at 82
  • 2020-07-06 Joe Porcaro, American jazz and session drummer and percussionist (Lalo Schifrin; Rosemary Clooney; Toto), and educator (Los Angeles College of Music), dies at 90
  • 2020-07-21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]
  • 2020-08-18 Hal Singer, American jazz and R&B saxophonist ("Corn Bread"), dies at 100 [1]
  • 2020-08-23 Charlie Persip, American jazz drummer (Dizzy Gillespie; The Jazz Statesmen; Billy Eckstine), dies at 91
  • 2020-09-04 Gary Peacock, American jazz bassist (Keith Jarrett Trio), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2020-11-13 Jan Konopásek, Czech-American jazz baritone saxophonist, composer, arranger, and educator, dies at 88
  • 2020-12-17 Stanley Cowell American jazz pianist (Heath Brothers), record label co-founder (Strata-East), and educator, dies from hypovolemic shock at 79
  • 2020-12-29 Claude Bolling, French jazz and classical cross-over pianist and composer (Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio), dies at 90 [1] [2]

Famous Jazz Musicians