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News came this Friday morning that tenor saxophonist and hardbop great Johnny Griffin has passed away from a heart attack at the age of 80.
Jo Stafford, one of the last great vocalists from the "songbird" era of big band vocalists, passed away Wednesday at the age of 90.
Jazz pianist Ronnie Mathews has passed away at the age of 72 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Canadian pianist Oscar Peterson has passed away at the age of 82.
Word from the Jazz Programmer Listserv that alto saxophonist Frank Morgan has passed away:his 74th, birthday, December 23.…
RIP posts are a drag, for obvious reasons, and this one is a major bummer–Max Roach has left us. Another giant gone. The New York Times has an obituary up, and WKCR has begun a memorial broadcast that will continue through August 22. (Also check out the tribute at Who Walk in Brooklyn.) Word is that he passed away in his sleep early this morning, that his family was…