Chicago jazz vibraphonist Carl Leukaufe has died at the age of 76 years on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010...after fifty years of playing jazz, vibist Carl Leukaufe made his one and only recording as a leader with the 1996 release of the album Warrior on Delmark Records that offered several mainstream bop standards. He had been compared to Milt Jackson due to his "easy going style" but technically considered to be not quite as proficient at improvisation as Jackson. The recording session included the likes of Chicago pianist Jodie Christian, tenorist Lin Halliday, the former Chicago Playboy Club pianist Joe Iaco, trombonist Kevin Quail, Richie Pardo bass and drummer Robert Barry. Some of the tracks on the album included "Airegin", "Veird Blues," and "Star Eyes", "Pannonica", "Tricotism." Leukaufe was to take part in a public performance at the upcoming Chicago Jazz Festival in a three-vibraphone group...that performance will now become a memorial to him. Also, a special musical tribute memorial to celebrate Mr. Leukaufe's life and music will take place on Monday, October 11, 2010 at 8pm at Chicago's Jazz Showcase. The Jazz Showcase is located at 806 South Plymouth Court in Chicago. Leukaufe's daughter Susan and son Paul are hopeful that musicians who have known and worked with their dad over the years will bring their instruments to the memorial and honor his memory with music. Friends who wish to participate in the evening's musical tribute to Leukaufe are encouraged to send an email to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 773-401-6373...more detail can be found by clicking here. Also, more details are here in an article by Neil Tesser of Examiner.com.
(sources: Examiner.com, Jim Todd/All Music Guide, ArtistDirect.com, CDUniverse.com, Wikipedia.org, Jazz-Quad magazine, photo by Bill Klewitz).