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Died On This Date (December 26, 2011) Sam Rivers / American Jazz Saxophonist

Posted by themusicsover on December 26, 2011

Sam Rivers
September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011

Sam Rivers is best remembered as the influential jazz saxophonist  and composer who helped define the Free Jazz movement of the mid to late ’60s.  Born into a musical family, Rivers began playing at an early age.  After studying at the Boston Conservatory, Rivers went on to be an in-demand sideman, playing with the likes of Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, and Freddie Hubbard.  As a band leader, Rivers released several highly regarded albums on such storied labels as Impulse! and Blue Note.  His tune, “Beatrice” from 1964’s Fuchsia Swing Song is widely regarded as tenor sax 101 for aspiring players.  During the ’70s, Rivers and his wife owned and operated a jazz performance studio in New York City.  He continued to perform and record until as recently as 2006’s Aurora.   Sam Rivers was 88 when he died of pneumonia on December 26, 2011.

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Died On This Date (August 31, 2009) Eddie Higgins / Noted Jazz Pianist

Posted by themusicsover on August 31, 2010

Eddie Higgins
February 21, 1932 – August 31, 2009

eddie_higginsEddie Higgins was a respected jazz pianist who came to prominence while entertaining crowds in jazz clubs throughout Chicago during the ’50s and ’60s.  It has been said that many headlining acts did not want to take the stage after Higgins brilliantly warmed up the crowd.  Although known primarily as a soloist, Higgins has played with such jazz giants as Coleman Hawkins and Freddie Hubbard.  Eddie Higgins died of lung and lymphatic cancer at the age of 77.

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Died On This Date (June 28, 2008) Ronnie Matthews / Jazz Pianist

Posted by themusicsover on June 28, 2010

Ronnie Matthews
December 2, 1935 – June 28, 2008

Ronnie Matthews was a respected jazz pianist who graced many hard bop albums of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.  Over the years he’s recorded with Freddie Hubbard, Horace Silver, and McCoy Tyner, as well as toured with both Art Blakey and Johnny Griffin. Matthews was also recognized for his sensitive interpretations of Thelonious Monk. He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 72.

 



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Died On This Date (December 29, 2008) Freddie Hubbard / Jazz Legend

Posted by themusicsover on December 29, 2009

Freddie Hubbard
April 7, 1938 – Decemb
er 29, 2008

freddie-hubbardFreddie Hubbard was a respected jazz trumpeter who was one of the leading players of the bop, be-bop and post-bop styles that became popular in the 1960s.  Besides having his own celebrated albums on Blue Note and CTI Records, Hubbard played on classic recordings by the likes of Eric DolphyJohn Coltrane, Ornette Coleman, and Herbie Hancock.  He won a Grammy for his 1972 release, First Light and continued to perform and record well into the ’90s.  Freddie Hubbard was 70 when, on December 29, 2008,  he died of complications from a heart attack he had suffered the previous month.

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Died On This Date (October 16, 1990) Art Blakey / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on October 16, 2009

Art Blakey
October 11, 1919 – October 16, 1990

blakeyArt Blakey was a drummer and band leader whose Jazz Messengers, a band he led for an astonishing thirty years, was the onetime home of such future legends as Horace Silver, Lou Donaldson, Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan and Freddie Hubbard.  His funky hard bop would become a major influence on all idioms of jazz to come.  The artists he worked with outside of the messengers reads like a who’s who of jazz history.  Art Blakey died of natural causes at the age of 71 but not before recording dozens of albums.

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Moanin' (The Rudy Van Gelder Edition Remastered) - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers

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