Pharoah Sanders, influential jazz saxophonist, dies at 81
LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Pharoah Sanders, the influential tenor saxophonist revered in the jazz world for the spirituality of his work, has died, his record label announced. A phone message to Luaka Bop in New York was not immediately returned. “We are devastated to share that Pharoah Sanders has passed away. He died peacefully surrounded by loving family and friends in Los Angeles earlier this morning. Born in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1940, Sanders began playing jazz in Oakland, California.wftv.com
Creed Taylor, who produced ‘The Girl from Ipanema,’ worked with Ray Charles, dead at 93
Creed Taylor, an influential force in jazz who oversaw the recording of “The Girl from Ipanema” and worked with Ray Charles and John Coltrane, died Monday. >> Read more trending newsHis son, John W. Taylor, said his father died in Winkelhaid, Germany, according to The Associated Press. He founded Impulse! Moving to New York City after his military service, Taylor worked as head of Artists and Repertoire at Bethlehem Records. In 1964, Taylor produced “Getz/Gilberto,” a million-selling album that remained on the Billboard charts for nearly two years, according to the AP.wftv.com
Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2020
The world also said goodbye to U.S. Rep. John Lewis, a lion of the civil rights movement who died in July. Other former political figures who died this year include Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak, New York Mayor David Dinkins, Arizona Gov. Here is a roll call of some influential figures who died in 2020 (cause of death cited for younger people, if available):___JANUARY___David Stern, 77. The guitarist who supplied the scratching, seething sound that fueled the highly influential British punk band Gang of Four. He fused African rhythms with funk to become one of the most influential musicians in world dance music.
Jimmy Cobb, 'Kind of Blue' drummer for Miles Davis, dies
In this 2019 photo provided by Smoke Sessions Records, musician Jimmy Cobb poses for the release of his album "This I Dig of You" in New York City. (Courtesy of Smoke Sessions Records via AP)Jimmy Cobb, a percussionist and the last surviving member of Miles Davis 1959 Kind of Blue groundbreaking jazz album which transformed the genre and sparked several careers, died Sunday. But Cobbs role as a drummer on the Kind of Blue jam session headed by Davis would forever change his career. It has sold more than 4 million copies and remains the best selling jazz album of all time. Cobb released his last album, This I Dig of You, with Smoke Sessions Records in August 2019.