Dec 26, 2018
We lost a number of major talents in the jazz world this year, but perhaps none were more of a shock than the passing of trumpeter Roy Hargrove at the age of 49. Far too young, with way too much music left inside him. Just last week we lost singer Nancy Wilson.
Well-known performers we list this year include saxophonists Nathan Davis, Charles Neville and Sonny Fortune; pianists Randy Weston and Henry Butler; and singer Rebecca Parris. Other noted in passing include: Clarinetist Perry Robinson; Guitarists Calvin Newborn, Coco Schuman, and Gyula Babos; Pianists Masahiro Sayama, Tommy Banks, Jack Reilly, and Brian Browne; Critic Alum Morgan; Bassists Roman Grinev, Wayne Dockery, Fedor Freso, and Norman Edge; Singers Marlene VerPlanck, Audrey Morris, Theryl DeClouet (Galactic), and Theresa Hightower; Saxophonists Asmuund Bjorken, Peter Guidi, Hamiet Bluiett, Chuck Wilson, and Roger Neumann; Producers Boy Jarvis (Herbie Hancock), and Heiner Stadler; Vibraphonist Jerzy Milian; Drummers Charlie Rice and John Von Ohlen; and Trombonist Bill Watrous.
Outside of the jazz world, people who have had an influence on me and on my life for various reasons who died this year include Paul Allen of Microsoft fame; Actors Harry Anderson and Burt Reynolds; Directors Milos Forman and Stephen Bochco; AM Disc Jockey Dan Ingram; Singers Aretha Franklin and Dolores O’Riordan; Writers Tom Wolfe, Anita Shreve, Dr. Stephen Hawking, William Goldman, and Neil Simon; Comic Book legend Stan Lee; and Robert Plotnick, the owner of the former Bleecker Bob’s record store in Greenwich Village.