June 13, 1989 |
American band leader and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie got a warm welcome today as Culture Minister Jack Lang named him Commander of Arts and Letters, one of France's most prestigious awards for excellence in the arts. An all-star lineup of American jazz greats was on hand for the ceremonies in the gilded salons of the Culture Ministry, which was packed with fans. Saxophone player Stan Getz, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, bass player Percy Heath, pianist Hank Jones, singer Billy Eckstine, drummer Max Roach and saxophone players Jackie McLean and Phil Woods were made Officers of Arts and Letters.
April 1, 1993
Clifford Jordan, 61, a tenor saxophonist who performed and toured with such top jazz bands as those of Dizzy Gillespie, Horace Silver, Charlie Mingus and Max Roach. A native of Chicago, he appeared in such diverse spots as concert halls in Senegal and Europe and Eddie Condon's club in New York City, where he fronted big bands. He launched his professional recording career with Blue Note and Prestige and went on to record more than 35 albums in his own name.
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January 14, 1986
The year was 1958, summertime, early noon. Music City, on the corner of Sunset and Vine, was busy. Sal Mineo was in one of the glass-covered record booths playing Gene Krupa and Max Roach records. Disc jockey Art Laboe and entourage were in one corner of the world-famous record store discussing business. My friend and I were in one of the booths, facing Sunset Boulevard. Within minutes we noticed about 50 young girls run out of the place, joined by other young girls running up Vine Street.
June 9, 1990
Walter Davis Jr., 57, a be-bop pianist and composer, who in the 1940s worked with the vocal group Three Bips and a Bop and by the early '50s was appearing with Charlie Parker and drummer Max Roach. In the last several years, Davis had teamed up with old musical partners that included Art Taylor, Jackie McLean and Donald Byrd to perform in France and Italy. Davis, an admirer of pianist Bud Powell, appeared at Lincoln Center in a tribute to Powell last August.
June 15, 2000
What's happening the next few weeks: * The Montreal International Jazz Festival runs June 29 to July 9. Shirley Horn, above, will open the festival. Other performers include MeShell Ndegeocello, Arturo Sandoval, Max Roach, Mal Waldron, the John Pizzarelli Trio, Brad Mehldau, Dave Douglas, Bill Frisell, Chick Corea & Origin and Gonzalo Rubalcaba. The festival site is bounded by Ste-Catherine, President-Kennedy, Bleury and St-Urbain streets. Tickets available online at http://www.montrealjazzfest.
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March 15, 2004 |
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson, 71, a pianist, composer and conductor who worked in a variety of musical genres including jazz and classical as well as film scores, died of cancer March 9 in Chicago. Born in New York City, Perkinson earned his bachelor's degree in music at the Manhattan School of Music and his master's in composition from the same school. He composed and arranged for a variety of jazz and popular artists including Harry Belafonte, Donald Byrd and Marvin Gaye.
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August 17, 2007 |
Herb Pomeroy, 77, a jazz trumpeter who played with Charlie Parker, backed up Frank Sinatra and influenced generations of musicians in four decades as a teacher at Berklee College of Music and MIT, died Saturday at his home in Gloucester, Mass., after a long struggle with cancer, his daughter said. Pomeroy played at times with Parker, Stan Kenton, Charlie Mariano, Max Roach, Sonny Rollins and others. In addition to Sinatra, he backed Tony Bennett and Sarah Vaughn.