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Jazz is a truly American artform whose appeal has proven to be universal since its humble beginnings in the early 20th century. The death of a jazz great can create a collective sense of loss and nostalgia, the feeling that an era has passed. This memorial site was created to honor and remember musicians, singers, composers and others who contributed to this vibrant form of expression that's still evolving today.
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Jazz Legacies: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Ronald Williams

Ronald Verner Williams was born in San Diego, California on October 23, 1935 to Verner and Gladys Williams. He died in his home in Boulder, Colorado on March 16, 2015. Ron graduated from Helix High School in San Diego and spent four years in the Navy before returning to college and becoming a middle school teacher. Ron married Marsha Williams in 1973 in Northern California then moved to Colorado where he and his wife raised their two children. Ron was a lifelong musician with a love for...
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Ellenie Ash-Godwin Obituary (ToledoBlade)

ASH-GODWIN Ellenie Ellenie Ash-Godwin,...

Clark Terry Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Legendary jazz trumpeter Clark...

Buddy DeFranco Obituary (AP News)

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Renowned jazz...

Willie Gresham Obituary (atlanta)

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Jack Bruce Obituary (AP News)

LONDON (AP) — Jack Bruce was part Mississippi...

Tim Hauser Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) - Tim Hauser, the founder and...

Joe Sample Obituary (AP News)

HOUSTON (AP) - Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a...

Gerald Wilson Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Gerald Wilson, the dynamic...

Thomas Frisch Obituary (ToledoBlade)

FRISCH Thomas P. Thomas P. Frisch, age...

Lionel Ferbos Obituary (AP News)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Centenarian jazz musician...

Charlie Haden Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) - Bassist Charlie Haden, who helped...

Horace Silver Obituary (AP News)

Horace Silver, a pianist, composer and band...

Herb Jeffries Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Herb Jeffries, the jazz singer...

Harold Buice Obituary (atlanta)

From the 1960s forward, jazz pianist Hal Buice...

Yvonne Busch Obituary (NOLA)

BUSCH Yvonne V. Busch was born in New Orleans...

Robert Treuvey Obituary (Batesville)

Robert W. Treuvey, 83, of Pompton Lakes, passed...

Yusef Lateef Obituary (AP News)

SHUTESBURY, Mass. (AP) — Grammy-winning musician...

Jim Hall Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Hall, one of the leading jazz...

Stan Tracey Obituary (AP News)

LONDON (AP) — British jazz pianist and composer...

Chico Hamilton Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — Foreststorn "Chico" Hamilton, an...

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Richard Wright Obituary (AP News)

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