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Jazz Memorial Site: Notable Deaths & Obituaries

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 Jon Hendricks

Jon Hendricks, innovative jazz vocalist who was a member of the trio Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, has died at the age of 96, according to The New York Times. His death, in a hospital, was confirmed by his daughter Aria Hendricks. Hendricks was one of the pioneers of the singing style called vocalese. He added his own lyrics to existing jazz instrumentals. Hendricks was also considered one of the great scat singers of all time. Hendricks picked words for his version of the songs to...
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Paul Buckmaster Obituary (AP News)

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Muhal Richard Abrams, influential free jazz...

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Ray Phiri Obituary (AP News)

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John Blackwell Obituary (AP News)

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Geri Allen Obituary (AP News)

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Al Jarreau Obituary (AP News)

Al Jarreau, the legendary jazz singer who won...

Buddy Greco Obituary (AP News)

Buddy Greco, a best-selling jazz and pop singer...

Nat Hentoff Obituary (AP News)

Nat Hentoff, the legendary former jazz critic and...

Mose Allison Obituary (AP News)

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Stanley Dural Jr. Obituary (AP News)

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Rudy Van Gelder, a legendary jazz recording...

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