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RIP, Alphonse Mouzon (December 26, 2016) Jazz Fusion Pioneer

Posted by themusicsover on December 26, 2016

Alphonse Mouzon
November 21, 1948 – December 26, 2016

Alphonse Mouzon was a jazz drummer who came to be one of the architects of American jazz fusion during the late ’60s and early ’70s.  Born in Charleston, SC, Mouzon realized in high school that he had what it took to make a living as a musician.  Upon graduation, he moved to New York City where he studied music and drama.  Mouzon’s first gig of note was playing percussion in the Broadway show, Promises, Promises.   He then went to work with jazz great, McCoy Tyner, and spent about a year in Weather Report before being signed to Blue Note Records as a solo artist in 1972.  In 1973, he joined up with Larry Coryell‘s Eleventh House, one of the premiere fusion bands of its time.  He played with Coryell for about two years and can be heard on such albums as Introducing The Eleventh House and Level One.  Throughout his career, which spanned over 45 years, Mouzon also recorded or performed with the likes of Donald Byrd, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, Robert Plant, Stevie Wonder, and Eric Clapton – to name a few.  Alphonse Mouzon died from neuroendocrine carcinoma on December 26, 2016.  He was 68.

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Died On This Date (May 29, 2013) Mulgrew Miller / Influential Jazz Pianist

Posted by themusicsover on May 29, 2013

Mulgrew Miller
August 13, 1955 – May 29, 2013

mulgrew-millerMulgrew Miller was a respected American jazz pianist who, over the past three decades, was considered one of the world’s premier postbop players.  Influenced by the likes of Oscar Peterson and McCoy Tyner, Miller was still in high school when he formed his first trio.  Kicking his career into high gear during the early ’80s, Miller went on to play with Betty Carter, Woody Shaw, and Art Blakey to name a few.  Throughout his career, Miller released 16 albums on such labels as Landmark, MaxxJazz, and Novus.  In later years he served as an educator at William Paterson University and Lafayette College.  Mulgrew Miller was 57 when he suffered a fatal stroke on May 29, 2013.

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Died On This Date (August 23, 2013) Byard Lancaster / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on August 26, 2012

Byard Lancaster
August 6, 1942 – August 23, 2012

Byard Lancaster was a revered jazz multi-instrumentalist whose primary instruments were the alto saxophone and flute.  Born in Philadelphia, Lancaster received his training at Berklee College of Music before settling in New York City.  Throughout his career, Lancaster performed with such jazz luminaries as Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner, and Elvin Jones, as well as blues greats like Memphis Slim and Johnny Copeland.  He also released several albums of his own over the years.  Byard Lancaster died of pancreatic cancer on August 23, 2012.  He was 70.

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Died On This Date (April 9, 2008) Ozzie Cadena / Savoy Records Producer

Posted by themusicsover on April 9, 2010

Ozzie Cadena
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.

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Died On This Date (February 19, 1972) Lee Morgan / Jazz Great

Posted by themusicsover on February 19, 2010

Lee Morgan
July 10, 1938 – February 19, 1972

lee-morganLee Morgan was a jazz trumpeter who was one of the key figures of the hard bop style.  He received his first trumpet on his 13th birthday, and within five years, he was playing in Dizzy Gillespie’s band.  In 1956, Morgan was signed by the legendary Blue Note label where he recorded over two dozen albums.  His The Sidewinder of 1963 was his biggest release and is considered one of jazz’s landmark albums.  As a sideman, Morgan played on recordings by over 250 musicians.  His most noteworthy contributions were to John Coltrane’s Blue Train, Art Blakey’s Moanin’, McCoy Tyner’s Tender Moments, and Stanley Turrentine’s Mr. Natural.  On February 19, 1972, Lee Morgan was shot and killed by his girlfriend after the two got in a fight between two of his sets at an engagement.  He was 33 years old.

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