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“Kenny Wheeler Quintet- “Hotel Le Hot”
Kenny Wheeler- Flugelhorn
John Taylor – Piano
John Abercrombie – Guitar
Palle Danielsson – Bass
Peter Erskine- Drums

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Jazz Trumpeter Kenny Wheeler Passes

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Kenny Wheeler, who has died aged 84, was a major figure in modern jazz and contemporary improvised music. A virtuoso trumpet player and a composer of rare distinction, he enjoyed a long and successful career and built an international reputation. He achieved all this while remaining almost painfully modest and retiring. As the critic Richard Williams remarked recently: “Few important musicians have made more noise with less fuss”.
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Jazz Pianist Horace Silver Dies

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Horace Silver, composer of enduring hard bop anthems who played over the decades with such greats as Clifford Brown, Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Michael Brecker and Dave Douglas, has died, according to NPR. He was 85.

Born in Norwalk, Connecticut as Horace Ward Martin Tavares Silva (his father was from Cape Verde), Silver began his musical career as a tenor saxophonist in the style of Lester Young before switching to piano. In 1950, Silver was discovered by tenor man Stan Getz, who took Silver’s trio on the road and recorded three of his compositions.

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Jazz Bassist Charlie Haden Dies

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Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped change the shape of jazz more than a half-century ago as a member of Ornette Coleman’s groundbreaking quartet and liberated the bass from its traditional rhythm section role, has died. He was 76.

Haden’s wife of 30 years, singer Ruth Cameron, and his four children were by his side when he died Friday in Los Angeles after a prolonged illness, said publicist Tina Pelikan of ECM Records.

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Jazz Pianist Kenny Drew Jr. Dead

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Jazz Pianist Kenny Drew Jr. – the son of jazz piano legend Kenny Drew – passed away on Aug. 4, 2014 at his home in St. Petersburg, Florida at the age of 56 years old. He had been dealing with a number of health related problems over the years and will be truly missed by his family, friends,  jazz musicians and fans alike.

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Woodwindist Paul Horn Dead At 84

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Paul Horn, a Grammy-winning alto saxophonist and flutist whose career reached from mainstream contemporary jazz to pioneering efforts in music that came to be known as New Age, has died. He was 84.

Over the course of his long career, Horn performed or recorded with Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Tony Bennett, Nat “King” Cole and Miles Davis. But he was especially noteworthy for his cultural internationalism and his fascination with the meditative and spiritual aspects of music.

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Jazz Singer Jimmy Scott Dies

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“As singers, we all deal in pain,” said Ray Charles. “We’re all trying to push the pain through the music and make it sound pretty. Jimmy Scott has more pain and prettiness in his voice than any singer anywhere.” When Scott died on June 12th, he left an extraordinary legacy of both broken dreams and artistic fulfillment.

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Library of Congress Acquires Max Roach Collection

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The Library of Congress has announced the acquisition of drummer Max Roach’s personal collection of papers, music, photos, and audio and video recordings. According to a press release, Roach’s personal archive features musical scores, manuscripts, business papers, correspondence, lesson plans, photographs, prints and drawings, and rare audiovisual recordings. Materials from Roach’s musical, theatrical, dance and multimedia collaborations are detailed in the collection, including ongoing exchanges with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Nina Simone, Alvin Ailey and playwrights Sam Shepard and Amiri Baraka.

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Yusef Lateef Passes Away at 93

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Legendary tenor saxophonist, oboist, flutist and composer Yusef Lateef, whose 75-year odyssey in music took him from the bebop clubs of Detroit to the fields of Africa, the world of classical music and the halls of academia as a tenured professor, died Monday at his home in Amherst, Mass. He was 93.

Mr. Lateef’s death was confirmed by his wife, Ayesha, who said that he passed away after a short illness that took hold in September.

Mr. Lateef’s reputation in jazz was as broad as the shoulders of his towering frame. He gained notoriety as early as the 1950s in Detroit for his influential experiments with what would come to be known as “world music,” grafting the exotic instruments and influences of Africa and the Middle and Far East onto the trunk of modern jazz. But the heart of his musicianship was a profound understanding of the blues, best expressed through the wailing, cavernous tone he produced on the tenor sax. It was a sound braised by soulful bent pitches and to-the-point phrasing that grabbed you by the collar and refused to let go.

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Jazz Drummer, Chico Hamilton dead at 92

chico-hamiltonForeststorn “Chico” Hamilton, an influential jazz drummer and bandleader who was an architect of the West Coast cool jazz style and was known for discovering young talent, has died. He was 92.

His publicist, April Thibeault, said Hamilton died Monday night of natural causes at his home in New York.

A National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master who was saluted as a Living Jazz Legend by the Kennedy Center, Hamilton recorded more than 60 albums as a bandleader, beginning in the 1950s, and also appeared in and scored films.

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