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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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2/1/1939 - 9/12/2014

Jazz Legacies: Remembering the life, death and legacy of Joe Sample

HOUSTON (AP) - Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died at age 75. His manager, Patrick Rains, said Saturday that Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, with his family at his bedside. Rains says Sample was "a seminal figure in the transition from acoustic to electronic music in the jazz field in the late...
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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...

Beverly Ward Obituary (juneauempire)

Beverly Ann (Wilson) Ward, a long-time resident...

Ronald Jackson Obituary (dfw)

Ronald Shannon Jackson, the legendary jazz...

Roy Superior Obituary (gazettenet)

WILLIAMSBURG - Roy Superior, 78, of...

Marian McPartland Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) - Marian McPartland, a renowned...

Jane Harvey Obituary (AP News)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jane Harvey, the jazz vocalist...

George Duke Obituary (AP News)

NEW YORK (AP) — A representative says...

Ben Tucker Obituary (AP News)

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) - Musician Ben Tucker...

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LONDON (AP) - Richard Wright, a founding member...

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