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Posts Tagged ‘Count Basie’

Died On This Date (February 21, 2015) Clark Terry / American Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on February 21, 2015

Clark Terry
December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015

clark-terryClark Terry was an American jazz trumpeter who is widely considered one of the most influential and popular jazz musicians of his time.  Terry launched his career during the early ’40s, just in time to serve in the US Navy Band during World War II.  After his discharge, Terry went on to perform with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, and later, Quincy Jones, among others, as well as leading his own bands. As one of the most recorded artists jazz music has ever known, Terry appeared on nearly 1000 known recordings.  Throughout his career, he wrote over 200 jazz songs, performed for seven US Presidents, and put on several jazz festivals and jazz camps.  In 1991 he was awarded the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award, and in 2010, he became one of only five trumpet players to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  A lifetime student of jazz as well as a respected educator, Clark held sixteen honorary doctorates.  He was even knighted in Germany.  Clark Terry was 94 when he passed away on February 21, 2015.

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Died On This Date (May 24, 2014) Ed Shaughnessy / Drummer In Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show Band

Posted by themusicsover on May 24, 2013

Ed Shaughnessy
January 29, 1929 – May 24, 2013

Ed-ShaughnessyAs a driving force of the Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson band, Ed Shaughnessy was one of the most famous drummer in America, if not the world, for the better part of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Specializing in swing and bebop, Shaughnessy cut his teeth in New York City during the 40s playing with the likes of Jack Teagarden and George Shearing.  He then went on to play behind Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman and Count Basie before being hired by the Tonight Show Band with whom he played for 29 years.  In between, he played on recordings by a list of who’s who of jazz greats.  Ed Shaughnessy was 84 when he died of a heart attack on May 24, 2013.

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Died On This Date (July 13, 2012) Bucky Adams / Canadian Jazz Legend

Posted by themusicsover on July 13, 2012

Charles “Bucky” Adams
1937 – July 13, 2012

Born into a musical family in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Bucky Adams was just a child when he at first picked up the trumpet.  And when he was just 11, he played for the Queen of England during a visit to Canada.  In those early years, Adams played the trumpet alongside his father, but when the trumpet could no longer keep him, he switched to the sax.  By the 1950s, Adams began fronting his own bands, and over the next three decades entertained audiences far and wide with the Rockin’ Rebels, Club Unusual, Generations, and Basin St. Trio, with whom he made his first recordings.  Throughout his long career, Adams played with or for such luminaries as Louis Armstrong, Oscar Peterson, Count Basie,  and Lionel Hampton.  Adams remained a vital part of the eastern Canadian jazz scene up until the time of his passing.  In later years, he was a headliner at prominent jazz festivals. He also found time to entertain children at numerous elementary schools throughout Nova Scotia.  Bucky Adams was 75 when he died of cancer on July 13, 2012.

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Died On This DAte (July 10, 2012) Maria Hawkins Cole / Jazz Singer; Wife Of Nat King Cole; Mother of Natalie Cole

Posted by themusicsover on July 10, 2012

Maria Hawkins Cole
1922 – July 10, 2012

Maria Hawkins was a popular jazz vocalist who began her career singing for the likes of Count Basie and Duke Ellington.  In 1946, Hawkins launched her solo career and began singing at the legendary Club Zanzibar in New York City.  She soon met the great Nat King Cole and the two married in 1948.  Throughout the ’50s, Hawkins Cole traveled and performed with husband.  In 1950, Hawkins Cole gave birth to their daughter, Natalie Cole who went on to become a multi-Grammy award-winning R&B singer.  Maria Hawkins Cole died on cancer on July 10, 2012.  She was 89.

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Died On This Date (July 26, 2011) Frank Foster / American Jazz Sax Great

Posted by themusicsover on July 26, 2011

Frank Foster
September 23, 1928 – July 26, 2011

Frank Foster was a jazz saxophonist, composer, and arranger who is most often associated with Count Basie for whom he played for many years.  Foster learned to play the sax and other wind instruments at a young age, and after going to college and serving in Korea for the U.S. Army, Foster joined the Count Basie Orchestra where he stayed for the next two decades.   While in Basie’s employ, Foster also arranged many of his songs.  That list includes “Shiny Stockings,” “Down For The Count,” and “Blues Backstage.”  During the ’70s, Foster went off to play with Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Mel Lewis, and Jimmy Smith.  He rejoined the Count Basie Orchestra in 1986 and remained until 1995.  Throughout his career, Foster also released numerous of his own albums for such prestigious labels as Blue Note, Savoy, and Concord.  He also won two Grammys, and in 2002, he was awarded the Jazz Masters Award from the National Endowment of the Arts.  In 2001, Foster suffered a stroke which left him unable to play, but he continued on as a band leader, composer, and arranger for many years to come.  On July 26, 2011, Frank Foster passed away peacefully in his sleep.  He was 82.

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