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Died On This Date (June 18, 2014) Horace Silver / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on June 18, 2014

Horace Silver
September 2, 1928 – June 18, 2014

horace-silverHorace Silver was an influential American jazz pianist who is largely responsible for creating what is now known as hard bop.  Born in Norwalk, Connecticut, Silver lived close enough to New York City to experience its jazz scene from an early age.  After initially picking up the tenor sax, Silver moved over the piano.  His big break came  in 1950 when Stan Getz hired his band to back him at a Hartford gig. That led to a tour and Silver’s recording debut on one of Getz’s records.  Getz later recorded three of Silver’s compositions.  In 1951, Silver formed the Jazz Messengers, one of the most influential jazz collectives of all time.  He also played and recorded with the likes of Miles Davis, Lou Donaldson, and Hank Mobley, to name a few.  In 1956, he signed with Blue Note Records, his home until 1980. Over the course of his career, Silver released over 40 albums as a band leader and countless others as a sideman.  Horace Silver was 85 when he died of natural causes on June 18, 2014.

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Died On This Date (March 15, 2004) Chuck Niles / Popular Jazz Radio DJ

Posted by themusicsover on March 15, 2010

Chuck Niles (Born Charles Neidel)
June 24, 1927 – March 15, 2004

Chuck Niles was a popular and extremely knowledgeable jazz radio disc jockey who entertained and educated Los Angeles, California music fans for the better part of 50 years.   Known by such nicknames as “Mr. Jazz,” Niles could be heard throughout much of Southern California on influential jazz and blues station KKJZ for the last fourteen years of his life.  After moving to Los Angeles as a young man, Niles dabbled in acting, even landing a bit part in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.  Throughout his long and fruitful years on the air in L.A., he worked at such stations as KHJ, KBCO (later KKGO), and eventually KLON which became KKJZ, one of the most famous jazz and blues stations in the United States.   Over the years, Niles was memorialized in songs like Horace Silvers’ “The Hippest Cat In Hollywood,” Bob Florence’s “Bebop Charlie,” and Louie Bellson’s “Niles Blues.”   He was also awarded a star on Hollywood’s prestigious Walk of Fame – the only jazz disc jockey to ever be bestowed that honor.  Chuck Niles was 76 when passed away on March 15, 2004.  He never regained consciousness from a stroke he suffered a few weeks earlier.

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Died On This Date (January 13, 2007) Michael Brecker / Jazz Sax Great

Posted by themusicsover on January 13, 2010

Michael Brecker
March 29, 1949 – January 13, 2007

Michael Brecker was a highly regarded and influential jazz saxophonist who many considered the greatest since John Coltrane.  Over a career that spanned nearly four decades, Brecker won 15 Grammys and collaborated with a list of greats that includes pop stars like Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Paul Simon, John Lennon and James Taylor; and jazz icons like Horace Silver, Charles Mingus, McCoy Tyner and Herbie Hancock.  He also played in the Saturday Night Live house band during the ’80s.  Michael Brecker was 57 when he died from complications of leukemia.

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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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