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Died On This Date (February 25, 2014) Paco de Lucía / World Renowned Flamenco Guitarist

Posted by themusicsover on February 25, 2014

Paco de Lucía (Born Francisco Sánchez Gomes)
December 21, 1947 – February 25, 2014

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Paco de Lucía was a Spanish musician who was considered THE greatest Flamenco guitarist in the world during most of his lifetime.  Born into a musical family in Algeciras, Spain, de Lucía began learning the guitar as early as 5 years old, often practicing 12 hours a day upon his father’s strict orders.  Pretty much done with school at the age of 11 due to his family’s poverty, De Lucía began earning his keep playing on the streets of Algeciras and beyond.  By the 1960s, De Lucía, who had no formal music training, had pretty much single-handedly  reinvented Flamenco by incorporating jazz, classical and salsa into it.  During the ’70s, he began collaborating with the likes of Al Di Miola, Chick Corea, John McLaughlin and Larry Coryell much to the delight of jazz fans around the world.  His 1981 album with McLaughlin and Di Miola, Friday Night in San Francisco, is one of the most celebrated of the genre.  Throughout his 50 year+ career, de Lucía was presented with two Grammys and numerous awards and recognitions.  De Lucía all but retired during the mid 2000s, but continued to release an occasional project and perform live at special events.  While vacationing on February 25, 2014, Paco de Lucía suffered a fatal heart attack.  He was 66.

 

 

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Died On This Date (November 21, 2012) Austin Peralta / Jazz Piano Prodigy and Composer

Posted by themusicsover on November 21, 2012

Austin Peralta
October 25, 1990 –  November 21, 2012

Austin Peralta was a respected young jazz pianist and composer.  Just six when he began taking piano lessons, Peralta was quickly realized to have a gift most musicians his age don’t have.   He went on to study with the likes of Alan Pasqua and Buddy Collette.  At 15, Peralta performed at the renowned Tokyo Jazz Festival.  Besides performing with his own trio at the festival, he played alongside the likes of Sadao Watanabe and Chick Corea. By age 16, Peralta had already released two albums, Maiden Voyage and Mantra, for Sony in Japan – both in 2006.  He followed that in 2011 with Endless Planets.   In 2004, Peralta contributed music to the soundtrack of Riding Giants, a surfing documentary directed by his father, Stacy Peralta, of Dogtown and Z-Boys fame.  During the year leading up to his passing, Peralta performed regularly with Allan Holdsworth and appeared on Flying Lotus’ Until The Quiet Comes.  Austin Peralta was 22 when he died on November 21, 2012.  Cause of death was not immediately released.

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Died On This Date (June 6, 1991) Stan Getz / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on June 6, 2010

Stan Getz (Born Stan Gayetzky)
February 2, 1927 – June 6, 1991

Stan Getz was a jazz saxophone player who earned the nickname, “The Sound” because of his warm mellow tone.  Although he tried his hand at several different instruments, it was the saxophone he received from his father at 13 that Getz connected with.  He reportedly practiced as much as eight hours a day and was soon playing in the All City High School Orchestra of New York City.   And remarkably, Getz was hired at just 16 years old to play in Jack Teagarden’s band.  He would go on to play with the likes of Nat King Cole, Lionel Hampton, Benny Goodman and Stan Kenton before he was barely into his 20s.   Throughout the ’50s and ’60s, Getz came to exemplify all that was “cool jazz.”  He also dabbled in bossa nova, partnering with Tom Jobim, Joao Gilberto and Astrud Gilberto to record the classic album, Getz/Gilberto from which their Grammy-winning hit “The Girl From Impanema” came from.  In the ’70s, Getz moved toward fusion, recording with Stanley Clarke and Chick Corea.  Stan Getz struggled with drug and alcohol addiction from an early age, which likely lead to his death from liver failure at the age of 64.

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