Dec 22, 2013
A number of jazz legends left this earthly plane to play in that great bandstand in the sky in 2013. Among those legends we lost were guitarist Jim Hall, drummer Chico Hamilton, keyboard players Cedar Walton, Mulgrew Miller, Melvin Rhyne, George Duke, Don Blackman and Marian McPartland; guitarists Jimmy Ponder and Johnny Smith (pictured); trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist/flutist Frank Wess. They will be missed.
Others related to the world of jazz who are noted in passing include Brazilian music legend Oscar Castro-Neves, Claude Nobs, the Swiss founder and general manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival; Bert Stern, the director of the documentary “Jazz On A Summer Day”; Albert Murray, American literary and jazz critic, biographer and novelist; Carline Ray Russell, a pioneer of women in jazz, and Bob Gillet, who was a performer, bandleader, arranger, and record producer.
Also, musicians Jimmy Amadie, George Gruntz , Butch Morris, Frank D’Rone, Butch Warren, Tommy Whittle, Donald Bailey, Gloria Lynne, Fred Katz, Gia Maione, Jane Harvey, Bengt Hallberg, Peter Appleyard, Steve Berrios, Nic Gotham, Ben Tucker, Sam Most, Wendy Saddington, Kenny Ball, Edward Bland, Terry Lightfoot, George Barrow, Sonny Russo, Dirk Fischer, and Claude Black.
Those who were of importance to me through their lives, deeds or art that we lost in 2013 include activist Nelson Mandela, Engineer and inventor of the Dolby Noise Reduction system Ray Dolby, film critic Roger Ebert, rocker Lou Reed, actresses Marcia Wallace, Bonnie Franklin, Julia Harris, Karen Black, and Jean Stapleton, comedian Jonathan Winters, guitarist J.J. Cale, actors James Gandolfini and Peter O'Toole, the Doors’ Ray Manzarek, folk singer Richie Havens, record producer Phil Ramone (Paul Simon, Billy Joel), Ohio Players frontman Leroy "Sugarfoot" Bonner, singer Patti Page, novelists Elmore Leonard and Doris Lessing, talk show host David Frost, sex researcher Virginia Johnson, and bluesman Bobby “Blue” Bland.
Last and not least, let us remember Cosmo Allegretti, who created and voiced puppet characters like Grandfather Clock and Dancing Bear on the children's television show “Captain Kangaroo.”