30 October

Bobby Jones – Tenor Sax, b.1928 – d.1980, Louisville, KY

Cameron Mizell (guitar) – 1980

Carolyn Lee Jones (vocals) – 1950

Charles Burchell – 1925

Christoph Irniger (sax, tenor) – 1979

Clifford Brown – Trumpet, b.1930 d.1956, Wilmington, Delaware. – He was an influential and highly-rated American jazz trumpeter. Despite an abbreviated recording career of only 4 years duration (due to his early death), he had a considerable influence on later jazz trumpet players, including Donald Byrd, Lee Morgan, Booker Little, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, Arturo Sandoval. He won the Down Beat critics’ poll for the ‘New Star of the Year’ in 1954; he was inducted into the Down Beat ‘Jazz Hall of Fame’ in 1972 in the critics’ poll. Sandoval described him as “one of what we call the mandatory trumpet players” who was “one of the greatest trumpet players of all time”. Benny Golson, who had done a stint in Lionel Hampton’s band with “Brownie” (as he was known in the jazz world), wrote the threnody I Remember Clifford to honour his memory. The song became an instant standard, as musicians paid tribute by recording their personal reading of it. Helen Merrill, who recorded with Clifford Brown in 1954 (Helen Merrill with Clifford Brown, EmArcy), recorded a tribute album in 1995 entitled Brownie: Homage to Clifford Brown. The album features solos and ensemble work by trumpeters Lew Soloff, Tom Harrell, Wallace Roney, and Roy Hargrove. Arturo Sandoval’s entire second album after fleeing from his native Cuba, also titled I Remember Clifford, was likewise a tribute to Brown. Wilmington, Delaware hosts annually the Clifford Brown Jazz Festival.

Crystal Torres (vocals) – 1982

El Eco (drums) – 1954

Erroll Parker – 1925

Guillermo Nojechowicz (drums)

Michael Advincula (sax, baritone) – 1989

Myanna Pontoppidan (saxophone) – 1955

Poncho Sanchez (congas) – 1951

Saul Rubin (guitar) – 1958

Stassia (vocals)

Steve Hudson Chamber Group (piano) – 1970

Teo Macero – Tenor Sax, Producer, b.1925, Glens Falls, NY – He began his career as a performer, recording a few albums, and briefly joining Charles Mingus. Macero found greater fame as a jazz record producer for Columbia Records. He had a long and especially fruitful partnership with Miles Davis. He produced such Davis classics as Sketches of Spain and Someday My Prince Will Come. Davis’s later forays into electric fusion, such as In a Silent Way, Bitches Brew, and A Tribute to Jack Johnson, were highlighted by Macero’s innovative mixing and editing techniques. These were inspired partially by Macero’s association with influential avant-garde composer Edgard Varese, one of the innovators of taped electronic music. His impact on the arranging and post-performance re-mixing of Davis’ work validate the parallel: Teo Macero: Miles Davis, as George Martin:  Beatles. Macero also produced the legendary Dave Brubeck Quartet album Take Five. He also worked with Thelonious Monk producing his first Columbia recording, Monk’s Dream. Though he’s been semi-retired for some years, Macero has been occasionally active in music: With Prince Paul he co-produced Vernon Reid’s first solo album, and Macero played saxophone on DJ Logic’s debut as a bandleader.

Tom Browne – Trumpet, b.1954, New York, NY

Tommy Ridgley – 1925

Trilok Gurtu – Percussion, b.1951, Bombay, India – he is an Indian percussionist. His mother, singer Shobha Gurtu, started him on the tabla, and he later studied the instrument with Abdul Karim. He started playing the Western drum kit in the 1970s, and became interested in jazz. In the 1970s he played with Charlie Mariano, John Tchicai, Terje Rypdal, and Don Cherry. In the 1980s he played with John McLaughlin and since the 1990s he has been a soloist. In a 1995 televison special on Jimi Hendrix, Gurtu discussed having initially learned Western music without knowing abouut overdubbing, which forced him to learn multiple parts most musicians would have never attempted. In 2004 he co-created an album with Robert Miles entitled Miles Gurtu. His Website is at http://www.trilokgurtu.net/

Zoe Theodorou (vocals) – 1967