Remembering Musical Passings of 2013

Dec 30, 2013

Before turning the page on 2013, The Groove Yard's George Klein gave tribute to many artists that left the music community in 2013. 

George compiled a list, below. However, it is not intended to be complete. It is a list of passings in music (mostly jazz and blues) and in music and creative culture that George learned about during the year and verified through various networks.

Yusef lateef
The Groove Yard remembers some of the musicians who passed this year, including Yusef Lateef, one of George's all-time favorites.

  •  Patti Page 1/1 50’s & beyond pop singer; 85
  •  Rod Hicks 1/2 Detroit jazz & blues bassist; 71
  •  Larry McDaniel 1/4 Longtime host of WDET’s Arkansas Traveler
  •  Claude Nobs 1/10 Founder of Montreux Jazz Festival; 76
  •  Georg Gruntz 1/10 Versatile Swiss pianist & composer; 80
  •  Precious Bryant 1/12 Blueswoman; 71
  •  Claude Black 1/17 Detroit-Toledo pianist, educator, mentor; 80
  •  Coleman Jewett 1/23 Beloved music fan & WEMU supporter; 78
  •  Ron (Rahn) Burton 1/25 Pianist with Rahsaan Roland Kirk; 78
  •  Lawrence “Butch” Morris 1/29 Cornetist, spontaneous composer; 65
  •  Patty Andrews 1/30 Youngest of the Andrews Sisters; 94
  •  Donald Byrd 2/4 Legendary trumpeter from Detroit; 80
  •  Damon Harris 2/18 Singer with Temptations; 62
  •  Magic Slim (Morris Holt) 2/21 Chicago blueaman; 75
  •  Jamie Galloway 2/22 New Orleans harmonica player & chef; 41
  •  Van Cliburn 2/27 Renowned concert pianist; 78
  •  Richard Street 2/27 Vocalist with Temptations; 70
  •  Bobby Rogers 3/3 Original member of Motown group The Miracles; 73
  •  Fran Warren 3/4 Big band vocalist; 87
  •  Melvin Rhyne 3/5 Organist with Wes Montgomery; 76
  •  Alvin Lee 3/6 British rock & blues guitarist; 68
  •  Kenny Ball 3/7 British trad revival  trumpeter; 82
  •  Daniel Ponce 3/14 Conguero and master percussionist; 59
  •  Edgardo Morales 3/15 Timbalero with Tito Puente; 58
  •  Ramon “Bebo” Valdes  3/22 Legendary Cuban pianist; 94
  •  Barbara Donald 3/23 Trumpeter who worked with husband Sonny Simmons; 70
  •  Steve Ellington 3/24 Drummer (grand-nephew of Duke Ellington); 71
  •  George Barrow 3/26 Baritone saxophonist w/Mingus, Oliver Nelson; 91
  •  Phil Ramone 3/30 Legendry record producer; 79
  •  Don Shirley 4/6 Pianist who combined jazz & classical; 86
  •  Les Blank 4/7 Documentary filmmaker, mostly on regional music; 77
  •  Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins 4/10 Chicago blues guitarist; 76
  •  Dwike Mitchell 4/15 Longtime pianist with Mitchell-Ruff Duo; 83
  •  George Beverly Shea 4/16 Legendary gospel singer; 104
  •  Richie Havens 4/22Folk-blues legend; 72
  •  George Jones 4/26 Country music legend; 81
  •  Sherman Mitchell 5/4 Much loved trombonist based in Flint; 83
  •  Ed Shaughnessy 5/24 Drummer with Tonight Show, many others; 84
  •  Sarah Klein 5/26 Talented writer & performer. A very special person; 36
  •  Mulgrew Miller 5/29 Virtuoso pianist; 57
  •  Jean Bach 6/3 Jazz documentarian; 94
  •  Ben Tucker 6/4 Veteran bassist; 82
  •  Sam Most 6/13 Jazz flute pioneer; 82
  •  Johnny Smith 6/20 Versatile veteran guitarist; 91
  •  Bobby “Blue” Bland 6/23 Hall of Fame blues & soul singer; 83
  •  Bert Stern 6/28 Director of “Jazz on a Summer’s Day”; 83
  •  Paul Smith 6/30 Versatile pianist, arranger; 91
  •  Bengt Hallberg 7/2 Swedish pianist, composer; 80
  •  Peter Appleyard 7/17 Canadian vibraphonist; 84
  •  Carline Ray 7/18 Singer, educator, activist; 88
  •  Steve Berrios 7/24 Master percussionist; 68
  •  J.J. Cale 7/26 Southern blues-rock guitarist, songwriter, producer; 74
  •  Billy Root 7/30 Tenor & baritone saxophonist; 79
  •  George Duke 8/5 Versatile soulful keyboardist; 67
  •  Eydie Gorme 8/10 Big band & pop singer; 84
  •  Albert Murray 8/18 Writer who embodied spirit of jazz; 97
  •  Cedar Walton 8/19 Acclaimed pianist & composer; 79
  •  Marian McPartland 8/20 Longtime pianist and host of Piano Jazz; 95
  •  Sathima Bea Benjamin 8/20 South African singer & composer; 78
  •  Jack Maheu 8/26 New Orleans clarinetist; 83
  •  Fred Katz 9/7 Jazz cellist w/Chico Hamilton; 94
  •  Jimmy Ponder 9/10 Veteran soul jazz guitarist; 67
  •  Terence “Ready Teddy” McQuiston 9/19 Blues singer, WWOZ dj; 65
  •  Oscar Castro-Neves 9/27 Brazilian guitarist, composer; 73
  •  Frank D’Rone 10/3 Chicago singer-guitarist; 81
  •  Butch Warren 10/5 Bassist with Monk, others; 74
  •  Gloria Lynne 10/15 Jazz & pop vocalist; 83
  •  Donald Bailey 10/15 Drummer with Jimmy Smith, others; 80
  •  Ronald Shannon Jackson 10/19 Drummer & composer; 73
  •  Lou Reed 10/27 Velvet Underground rock icon; 71
  •  Frank Wess 10/30 Jazz Master flutist & saxophonist; 91
  •  Kermit Moore 11/2 Cellist, composer played w/Ron Carter; 84
  •  John D’Amico 11/7 Philadelphia pianist, former priest; 74
  •  Kalaparusha Maurice (Ken) McIntyre 11/9 Saxophonist associated with Chicago’s AACM; 77
  •  Robert McCabe 11/10 Leader of Detroit Renaissance, helped create Detroit Jazz Festival; 89
  •  Chico Hamilton 11/25 Drummer, bandleader, visionary; 92
  •  Gene Elzy 11/30 Longtime Detroit jazz radio host; 81
  •  Nelson Mandela 12/5 Inspirational S. African leader, jazz fan; 95
  •  Stan Tracey 12/6 Highly regarded British pianist; 86
  •  Larry McKinley 12/8 New Orleans radio host, voice of Jazz Fest; 85
  •  Bobby Jackson 12/9 Longtime jazz radio broadcaster; 57
  •  Frank Davis 12/9 New Orleans chef, broadcaster, outdoorsman; 71
  •  Jim Hall 12/10 NEA Jazz Master guitarist; 83
  •  Jimmy Amadie 12/10 Philadelphia pianist who fought severe tendonitis; 76
  •  George Buck 12/11 New Orleans record label & Palm Court owner; 84
  •  George Rodrigue 12/14 Louisiana Blue Dog artist; 69
  •  Herb Geller 12/19 Saxophonist, composer, bandleader; 85
  •  Yusef Lateef 12/23 Multi-instrumentalist, world music visionary; 93
  •  Robert Lowe 12/23 Detroit jazz . r&b guitarist; 65
  •  Dwayne Burno 12/28 First-call bassist; 43

 

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