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The Final Soundcheck-Jazz/Blues Music Deaths in 2009

Here's the full list of jazz, blues and related music industry creative talents that passed in 2009 (ordered by instrument or creative talent)...
(photo of Louis Armstrong with the late trumpeteer Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy)

Mat Mathews (a.k.a. Mathieu Schwartz).

Albert Leet (a.k.a. Buddy Lee).

Leanne Butts, Jeff Clyne, Leopoldo Fleming Sr., Leonard Gaskin, Hugh Hopper, Orlando "Cachaito" Lopez, Sirone (Norris Jones), Fred Williams; bassist and writer Whitey Mitchell; bass guitarist and former NBA star Wayman Tisdale; bassist and singer Joe LaCaria.

Charly Hallering and Nick Jerret.

Jim Goodwin and Harry Roland.

Rashied Ali , Vince Bilardo, Louie Bellson, James Bochetta, Buddy Christian, Antonio Luis Alves de Souza, Wilby Fletcher Jr., Tony Hannan, Ricardo "Papin" Abreu Hernandez, Billy James, Eddie Locke, Craig Oakley, Lothar Scharf, John Thomas Smith and Klaus Weiss; drummer and author Jim Chapin; drummer, trumpeter and jazz promoter Bob Anderson.

Victor Lewis, Lawrence Lucie, Andy Masters, Coleman Mellett, Fred Rundquist; guitarist and inventor Les Paul; guitarist and cuatrista Edgardo Miranda; guitarist, singer and composer Kenny Rankin; guitarist and singers Snooks Eaglin, Huey Long, John Martyn; guitarist, banjoist and composer Robert Degen.

Lyman Woodard.

(and bandleaders) Gilberto Miguel Calderon ("Joe Cuba") and Manny Oquendo; percussionist, composer and educator Falleció Jesús Alfonso Miró; percussionist and singer Frank "Pavo" Valerino-Hernandes.

Eddie Bo, Geoff Clarkson, Muriel Havenstein, Gugge Hedrenius, Eddie Higgins, Artie Jenkins, Hans Otto Jung, Dick Katz, Mike Mancini, Morris Nanton, David Hill Phelps, Terry Jean Pollard, Jarmo Savolainen and Earma Thompson; pianist and vibraphonist Buddy Montgomery; pianist and educator Günter Hörig; pianist, writer, and broadcaster Steve Race; pianist, bandleader, composer and arranger Ed Metz Sr.; pianist and arranger Torrie Zito; pianist and conductor Shep Meyers; pianist, bandleader, composer arranger, educator, editor and consultant Hale Smith; pianist and trumpeter Billy Hall Jr., pianist, composer, author and educator Charlie Banacos.

Ray Beckenstein, Leroy Cooper, Hank Crawford, Jean-Claude Fohrenbach, Carmen Leggio, Joe Maneri, Charlie Mariano, Pee Wee Moore, David "Fathead" Newman, Winston Mankunku Ngozi, Gerry Niewood, Jack Nimitz, Sam (Leroy) Parkins, Bud Shank, Aubrey Simani, Willie "Face" Smith, Ron Stallings, Luther Thomas and Bob Thulman; saxophonist and big band leader Charlie Kennedy; saxophonist, singer, arranger and bandleader Sam Butera; saxophonist, clarinetist, bandleader and composer Gianni Basso; saxophonist and flutist Hart McNee; saxophonist and educator Larry McCrorey.

Julio Barreto Bringas, Juanita Brooks, Chris Connor, Genie Grant, Caridad Hierrezuelo, Judy Kreston, Jillian Omsberry, Nancy Overton and Greta Woodson; singer and saxophonist Henry Butch Stone; singer-songwriter and pianist Blossom Dearie; singer, composer and guitarist Luis "El Terror" Dias; singer and actor Pat Martino; singer and actress Beverly Roberts; singer, actress and educator Anne Brown; singer, actress, songwriter, jazz author and manager Julie Coryell; singer, bandleader and composer Tina Marsh.

Joel Helleny, Arch Martin, Bobby Pring and Randy Purcell.

Sonny Bradshaw, Irving Bush, Nicholas Capezuto, Agustin Caraballoso, Steve Hawdon, Edie Preston. Mike Serpas, Teddy Washington and Rubin "Zeke" Zarchy; trumpeter, flugelhorn player and singer Stacy Rowles; trumpeter and author Ian Carr; trumpeter, arranger and bandleader Jerry van Rooyen.
Vibraphonist Fats Sadi; Vibraphonist, keyboardist and singer Edward Burn.

Jack Lawrence, Vic Mizzy and Aaron Schroeder; composer, theoretician, educator, pianist and bandleader George Russell; composer, arranger, producer, conductor and trombonist Billy VerPlanck.

Michael Jackson.

Blues, R&B, Soul, Zydeco, Gospel, etc. performers:
Barry Beckett, John E. Carter, John Cephas, Willy DeVille, Jim Dickinson, Rev. Claude Jeter, Wyclife Johnson, Uriel Jones, Willie King, Marie Knight, John "Crawlin' Snake" Mac, Haydain Neale, Fayette Pinkney, Jack Rose, Eugene Smith, Koko Taylor, David "Pop" Winans and Rev. Timothy D. Wright; artist manager Allen Klein; gospel, R&B and soul producer and broadcaster Ted Jarrett.

Ali Kurt Baumgarten.

Ernest Brown and Frankie Manning; Dancer, choreographer and educator Pedro "Cuban Pete" Aguilar; Storyteller, improviser and performer Hugh Morgan Hill (a.k.a. "Brother Blue").

Arts presenter:
Suzanne Fiol.

Producers, promoters and recording executives:
Alan W. Livingston, Ralph Mercado, Skip Miller, Richard Nader, Shelby Singleton and Jackie Tracey; impresario, manager and author Werner "Josh" Sellhorn; producer, songwriter, clarinetist and big band leader Bob Keane; record producer and writer John Storm Roberts, Hal Gaba.

Sam Jackson and William C. Lunt Jr; broadcaster and educator Harrison Ridley.

Club owner:
Art D'Lugoff.

Roy DeCarava and Ted Williams.

Poet and saxophonist:
Raymond Federman.

Vasily Aksyonov, Alfred Appel Jr., Joe Goldberg and Konrad Heidkamp; editor and writer Janet Cook; publisher, editor, and writer Leslie Carole Johnson; writer, educator, and jazz institute president Susan Meyer Markle; writer, broadcaster and photographer Len Dobbin; writer, editor, broadcaster and jazz society executive Don Farwell; writer and filmmaker Robert Hilferty; broadcaster, producer, club founder and writer Jacques Braunstein.

Patron of composers:
Betty Freeman.


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