Posts Tagged ‘Obituaries’

Final Lullaby For Pianist And Composer George Shearing

// February 14th, 2011 // No Comments » // Jazz Events, News

It was with great shock and sadness that I read today of the passing of George Shearing, the masterful pianist and composer who wrote one of my favorite tunes, “Lullaby Of Birdland.”


“Lullaby Of Birdland” Lyricist George David Weiss Dead At 89

// August 24th, 2010 // 2 Comments » // History, Jazz Events, News

George David Weiss (L) and Bennie Benjamin (R) in their office, New York, NY, circa April 1947.

George David Weiss (left) and Bennie Benjamin (right) in their office circa April 1947. PHOTO CREDIT: William P. Gottlieb

It’s always amazing how many unknown artists touch my life through their work; artists such as George David Weiss who I only find out about through the obituaries.


Guitar Great Les Paul – Gone But Not Forgotten

// August 13th, 2010 // No Comments » // History, Jazz Events, News


Late guitarist Les Paul forever left his imprint on the music industry with his recording innovations and playing style. PHOTO CREDIT:

“This guy invented fire. What Dante was to literature, Les Paul was to modern recording. There was all this primitive stuff before him, and everything after him owes him a huge debt.”

Wow. How do I follow something like that? Luckily this legendary musician gives me more than enough material.

Les Paul was an amazing jazz and country guitarist, songwriter and inventor. He completely changed the way pop music is produced and helped make the sound of rock and roll possible with the solid-body electric guitar. He also pioneered the use of recording techniques modern artists take for granted such as multitrack recording, delay and echo, among others. His revolutionary guitar skills continue to inspire guitarists to this day and his namesake, the Gibson Les Paul, remains “the world’s most prestigious guitar.”


Bassist Andy McCloud Dead At 61

// May 27th, 2010 // No Comments » // Commentary, News

Andy McCloud performed with Savion Glover in a series of shows at the Blue Note in late 2009. Credit: Julie Glassberg/The New York Times

Bassist Andy McCloud, who most recently toured with Savion Glover in Japan, passed away earlier this week at the age of 61.

A Newark native and true lover of jazz, he will be greatly missed.


Jersey Jazz Artists Remember Lena Horne

// May 14th, 2010 // No Comments » // News

A young Lena Horne, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1941

We lost another giant this week.

As you know by now, Lena Horne passed away earlier this week. In the Jazz world, she was probably best known for her rendition of the classic Stormy Weather. has published a touching article with NJ Jazz artists sharing their thoughts on the late, great entertainer.