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    The passings I am aware of this year, mostly jazz & blues. Sadly, a long list but by no means complete, and I may have lost a few files earlier this year in a computer switch - or maybe I was hacked by the Russians. In any case, RIP all.
   
    George Klein
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    •Natalue Cole 1/1 Famed pop, r&b, jazz vocalist; 65
   
    •Dal Richards 1/1 Vancouver-based bandleader; 97
   
    •Paul Bley 1/3 Renowned pianist; 83
   
    •Long John Hunter 1/4 Texas blues guitarist; 84
   
    •Alfredo "Chocolate" Armenteros 1/6 Cuban trumprter; 87
   
    •Pierre Boulez 1/6 French composer; 90
   
    •Otis Clay 1/8 Blues vocalist; 73
   
    •David Bowie 1/10 British rock star, actor; 69
   
    •Mic Gillette 1/17 Trumpeter with Tower of Power Horns; 64
   
    •Glenn Frey 1/19 Co-founder of the Eagles; 67
   
    •Joe Harris 1/27 Longtime bop drummer; 89
   
    •Maurice White 2/3 Founder of Earth, Wind & Fire; 74
   
    •Bob Elliott 2/3 Half of the Bob & Ray comedy tram; 92
   
    •Leon Henderson 2/5 Saxophonist with Contmporary Jazz
            Quintet, brother of Joe Henderson; 75
   
    •Dan Hicks 2/6 Leader of folk-rock band Hot Licks; 74
   
    •John Chilton 2/25 British trunpeter & jazz researcher; 83
   
    •George Martin 3/8 British music producer, “5th Beatle”; 90
   
    •Nana Vasconcelos 3/8 Influential Brazilian percussionist; 71
   
    •Claus Ogernan 3/8 Composer, arranger & bandleader; 85
   
    •Ernestine Anderson 3/10 Lonttime jazz singer; 87
   
    •Keith Emerson 3/11 Keyboardist of Emerson, Lake & Palmer; 71
   
    •Frank Sinatra Jr. 3/16 In his father’s footsteps; 72
   
    •David Baker 3/26 Renowned jazz educator; 84
   
    •Merle Haggard 4/6 Country music legend, on his 79th birthday
   
    •Jeremy Steig 4/13 Jazz-rock flutist; 73
   
    •Prince 4/21 Innovative pop legend; 57
   
    •Doug Raney 5/1 Guitarist, son of guitarist Jimmy Raney; 59
   
    •Joe Temperley 5/11 Baritone saxophonist with JALC; 86
   
    •Buster Cooper 5/13 Trombonist with Ellington, others; 87
   
    •Sir Charles Thompson 6/16 Pianist from swing to bop; 98
   
    •Ralph Stanley 6/23 High lonesome bluegrass; 89
   
    •Bernie Worrell 6/24 Keyboardist w/Parluament Funk, Talking Heads; 72
   
    •Scotty Moore 6/28 Guitarist for young Elvis Presley; 84
   
    •Don Friedman 6/30 Versatile pianist; 81
   
    •Charles Davis 7/15 Adventurous baritone saxophonist; 83
    
    •Jo “Cool” Davis 8/5 New Orleans gospel singer’ 63
   
    •Pete Fountain 8/6 Lefendary New Orleans clarinetist; 86
   
    •Connie Crothers 8/13 Pianist and didciple of Lennie Tristano; 75
   
    •Bobby Hutcherson 8/15 Premier vibraphonist; 75
   
    •Louis Smith 8/20 Longtine bop trunorter & educator; 85
   
    •Jean-Baptisre “Toots” Thielemans 8/22 Master of jazz harmonica; 94
   
    •Rudy Van Gelder 8/25 THE recording engineer for Blue Note; 91
   
    •Buckwheat Zydeco (Stanley Doral) 9/24 Zydeco master; 68
   
    •Phil Chess 10/18 Co-foumder of Chess Records in Chicago; 91
   
    •Bhumibol Adulyadej 11/20 Saxophonist & King og Thailand; 88
   
    •Bob Cranshaw 11/2 Bassust on many Blue Note recordings; 83
   
    •Al Caiola 11/9  Longtime guitarist; 96
   
    •Victor Bailey 11/10 Bassist w/ Weather Report, others; 56
   
    •Leonard Cohen 11/10 Influential singer-songwriter; 82
   
    •Leon Russell 11/12 Soul-rock singer-instrumentalist; 74
   
    •Mose Allison 11/15 Unique jazz-blues singer & pianist; 89
   
    •Sharom Jones 11/17 Powerful soul singer; 60
   
    •Hod O’Brien 11/20 Versatile pianist; 80
   
    •Edgar “Dooky” Chase 11/22 New Orleans activist, trumpeter & chef; 88
   
    •Herb Hardesty 12/5 Saxophonist with Fats Domino; 91
   
    •George Michael 12/25 British pop star; 53
   
    •Alphonse Mouzon 12/25 Composer, bandleader, drummer; 68
   
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