Posted by themusicsover on January 26, 2012
October 22, 1928 – January 26, 2012
Clare Fischer was a pianist, composer and arranger who, besides having his own respectable career as a musician, arranged music for some of pop music’s biggest stars. Fischer was still a child when he first started making music, and after graduating from college and serving in the Army, he pursued a career in music. During the late ’50s, he took on his first gig of note as the pianist and arranger for popular vocal quartet, the Hi-Los. It was his work with the group that helped establish them as a major influence on the likes of the Manhattan Transfer, Brian Wilson, and Quincy Jones. It was around that time that he also arranged music for jazz greats Cal Tjader, Donald Byrd, and George Shearing among others. Fischer began recording his own albums in 1962. His output includes First Time Out, Surging Ahead, and Clare Fischer & Salsa Picante Present 2+2 , for which he won a Grammy. Throughout his career, he was recognized with 11 Grammy nominations and two wins. In 1985, Fischer began writing arrangements for Prince. Albums on which they collaborated include Under A Cherry Moon and Graffiti Bridge. Other artists he arranged for include Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Robert Palmer. On January 26, 2012, Clare Fischer died as a result of a heart attack he suffered some three weeks prior. He was 83.
Thanks to Ken McCullagh for the assist.
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Posted in Arranger, Composer, Jazz, Musician, Pop, Rock | Tagged: Brian Wilson, Cal Tjader, Celine Dion, Clare Fischer, Donald Byrd, George Shearing, Manhattan Transfer, Michael Jackson, Paul McCartney, Prince, Quincy Jones, Robert Palmer, the Hi-Lo's | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on May 8, 2010
October 10, 1925 – May 8, 2010
Francisco Aguabella was a revered Afro-Cuban, jazz and Salsa percussionist who was also a sacred drummer of the Santeria religion. Born and raised in Cuba, Aguabella picked up his first instrument at 12, and ultimately left home in his mid-20s to pursue his music career. He performed all over the world, appeared in the Shelley Winters film, Mambo, and played at the White House. Over the course of his career, Aguabella performed with Frank Sinatra, Tito Puente, Dizzy Gillespie, Carlos Santana, Cal Tjader, and the Doors to name a few. In 1992, he was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the Endowment for the Arts. Francisco Aguabella was 84 when he died of cancer on May 8, 2010.
Thanks to NAMM Historian, Dan Del Fiorentino for the assist.
Posted in Jazz, Latin, Musician | Tagged: Cal Tjader, Carlos Santana, Dizzy Gillespie, Francisco Aguabella, Frank Sinatra, Shelley Winters, The Doors, Tito Puente | Leave a Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on April 9, 2010
September 26, 1924 – April 9, 2008
Ozzie Cadena was born in Oklahoma City in 1924, but soon moved to Newark, New Jersey with his family. After he served in WWII, Cadena enrolled in a New York music school where he studied the bass and piano. His first music job was on a jazz radio show back in Newark. It was there that he was hired by the legendary Savoy label to work as an in-house producer. During his eight years at Savoy, Cadena worked on recordings by the likes of Cal Tjader, McCoy Tyner, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Nat Adderley, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Charles Mingus, Esther Phillips, John Lee Hooker and many more. In the years after he left Savoy, he spent time at Prestige, Blue Note and Fantasy Records. Cadena moved his family to Hermosa Beach, California in the mid-‘70s and continued to work with the music he loved, mostly booking and promoting shows at jazz clubs around Los Angeles, including the legendary Lighthouse, known as one of the flashpoints of West Coast Jazz. Ozzie Cadena suffered a stroke in 2007 and passed away of pneumonia on April 9, 2008 at the age of 83.
Posted in Jazz, Producer, Record Label | Tagged: Bill Evans, Cal Tjader, Cannonball Adderley, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Esther Phillips, John Coltrane, John Lee Hooker, McCoy Tyner, Nat Adderley, Ozzie Cadena | 1 Comment »
Posted by themusicsover on February 6, 2010
July 17, 1928 – February 6, 1976
Vince Guaraldi was a jazz pianist who is best remembered for his beloved theme music for The Peanuts cartoons. Guaraldi spent the early years of his professional career playing and recording with Cal Tjader. He made is recording debut on The Cal Tjader Trio and then launched his solo career in 1959. In 1962, his “Cast Your Fate to the Wind,” which was actually a B-side, won a Grammy for Best Original Jazz Composition. Thanks to the success and sound of that song, Guaraldi caught the attention of the producer of a Peanuts documentary. He was soon hired to compose the music for 1965’s A Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s “Linus and Lucy” has since become one of the most recognized pieces of music in the world and the de facto theme song of the entire Peanuts franchise. In all, Guaraldi scored 16 Peanuts specials and a Peanuts animated feature film. On February 6, 1976, Vince Guaraldi died of a heart attack in between his sets at a nightclub near his home. He was 47.
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