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Final Bars of 2016

Jan 2nd, 2017 | By

David Baker

An extensive list of hundreds of international esteemed jazz, blues and “creative music” instrumentalists, vocalists and adherents of those arts who died in 2016. Compiled for the Jazz Journalists Association from sources including local newspapers, Deadrockstars.com, the Jazzinstitut Darmstadt newsletter, AllAboutJazz.com, Wikipedia, the New York Times, Legacy.com, Rolling Stone, Variety, JazzTimes.com, blogs, listserves, Facebook pages and European publications. Links to their … [read more]



Tom “The Jazzman” Mallison killed in car crash

Sep 8th, 2015 | By

Tom “the Jazzman” Mallison, a veteran broadcaster and highly regarded, active member of the JJA among other professional organizations, reportedly died in a car crash near Vanceburg, NC,

Tom the Jazzman Mallison

upon returning from his weekly five-hour broadcast on WTEB Sunday night, Sept. 6. Mallison was 75 years old. A memorial service in his honor was scheduled to be streamed live … [read more]



Deaths in 2012

Nov 27th, 2012 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

Listed in chronological order of their deaths, earliest first. Sources include periodicals, personal communication and public websites.

MOST NOTABLE:  JOHNNY OTIS, ETTA JAMES, JOHN LEVY, CLARE FISCHER, WHITNEY HOUSTON, RED HOLLOWAY, EARL SCRUGGS, DICK CLARK, JOE MURANYI, PHOEBE JACOBS, CHUCK BROWN, DONNA SUMMER, CARRIE SMITH, DOC WATSON, GRAEME BELL, KITTY WELLS, … [read more]



Paul Blair, writer, broadcaster, editor, guide — dies, 69

Dec 8th, 2011 | By

Paul Blair, 1942 - 2011

Sad news for jazzers and walkers, not only of New York City: writer, editor, broadcaster and tour guide Paul Blair died suddenly on December 6. He suffered a heart attack while sitting on a park bench, a month short of his 70th birthday.
Paul has been editor of Hot House jazz magazine since 2003; in 2001 … [read more]


Deaths in 2010

Jan 3rd, 2011 | By

Compiled by W. Royal Stokes and Ken Franckling

[This list has been updated.]

JOHN NORRIS, BILL DIXON, JOHN DANKWORTH, HERB ELLIS, MIKE ZWERIN, GENE LEES, LENA HORNE, HANK JONES, FRED ANDERSON, BENNY POWELL, WILLEM BREUKER, MITCH MILLER, ABBEY LINCOLN, HERMAN LEONARD, BUDDY COLLETTE, MARION BROWN, MONTY SUNSHINE, TRUDY PITTS, JAMES MOODY, JACK TOWERS, BILLY TAYLOR

Trumpeters Harry Beckett, John Evers, … [read more]