Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea June 12, 1941 – February 9,2021

Armando Anthony “Chick” Corea June 12, 1941 – February 9,2021 was an American jazz composer, keyboardist,bandleader and occasional percussionist. His compositions”Spain”, “500 Miles High”, “La Fiesta”, “Armando’s Rhumba” and”Windows” are widely considered jazz standards. As a member of Miles Davis’s band in the late 1960s, he participated in the birth of jazz fusion. In the 1970s he formed Return to Forever. Along with Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, he is considered one of the major piano writers to emerge in jazz during the post-John Coltrane era. Corea won 23 Grammy Awards and was nominated over 60 times.

William Awihilima Kahaiali’i October 17, 1960 – May 18, 2020

William Awihilima Kahaiali’i (October 17, 1960 – May 18, 2020), known as Willie K, was an American musician who performed in a variety of musical styles, including blues, rock, Hawaiian, and opera. Born and raised in a family of musicians in Lahaina, Hawaii, Willie began performing at the age of 8 alongside his father, Hawaiian jazz guitarist Manu Kahaiali’i.

Wallace Roney May 25, 1960 – March 31, 2020

Wallace Roney (May 25, 1960 – March 31, 2020) was an American jazz (hard bop and post-bop) trumpeter.
Roney took lessons from Clark Terry and Dizzy Gillespie and studied with Miles Davis from 1985 until the latter’s death in 1991. Wallace credited Davis as having helped to challenge and shape his creative approach to life as well as being his music instructor, mentor, and friend; he was the only trumpet player Davis personally mentored. Wallace Roney died at the age of 59 The cause was complications arising from COVID-19

Douglas Lubahn (December 20, 1947 – November 20, 2019

Douglas Lubahn (December 20, 1947 – November 20, 2019) was an American psychedelic rock and jazz rock bassist who played with internationally famous bands. Lubahn was a founding member of the band Clear Light in 1966, His work is featured on three albums recorded by The Doors. Lubahn was the bassist and lead vocalist for the U.S. rock band, Riff Raff, whose sole album, Vinyl Futures, was released on Atco Records in 1981,Lubahn joined Billy Squier on two studio albums, 1982’s multi-platinum selling Emotions in Motion and its equally successful 1984 follow-up, Signs of Life,Lubahn also played bass on Ted Nugent’s 1984 album, Penetrator

Paul Barrere July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019

Paul Barrere (July 3, 1948 – October 26, 2019) was an American musician most prominent as a member of the band Little Feat, which he joined in 1972 .. Barrere recorded and performed with Taj Mahal, Jack Bruce, Chicken Legs, Blues Busters, Valerie Carter, Helen Watson, Chico Hamilton, Robert Palmer, Eikichi Yazawa, and Carly Simon. He can be seen in the 1979 Nicolette Larson Warner Brothers promotional video of “Lotta Love”.
Barrere’s best known contributions to Little Feat as a songwriter include “Skin It Back”, and “Feats Don’t Fail Me Now” from the album Feats Don’t Fail Me Now, “All That You Dream” from The Last Record Album, “Time Loves a Hero” from Time Loves a Hero, and “Down on the Farm” from Down on the Farm.

Malcolm John Rebennack November 20, 1941–June 6, 2019, Dr. John

Malcolm John Rebennack November 20, 1941–June 6, 2019, better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll.

Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a following in the late 1960s after the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a lively, theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 produced a top-10 hit, “Right Place, Wrong Time”.

The winner of six Grammy Awards, Rebennack was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by singer John Legend in March, 2011. In May 2013, Rebennack received an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Tulane University.

Leon Redbone Dickran Gobalian, August 26, 1949 – May 30, 2019)

Leon Redbone (born Dickran Gobalian, August 26, 1949 – May 30, 2019) was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, actor and voice actor specializing in jazz, blues, and Tin Pan Alley classics. Recognized by his Panama hat, dark sunglasses, and black tie, Redbone was born in Cyprus and first appeared on stage in Toronto, Canada in the early 1970s. He also appeared on film and television in acting and voice-over roles.

Redbone’s concerts made use of performance, comedy, and skilled instrumentals. Recurrent gags involved the influence of alcohol and claiming to have written works originating well before he was born – Redbone favored material from the Tin Pan Alley era, circa 1890s to 1910. He sang the theme to the 1980s television series Mr. Belvedere and released sixteen albums

Ken Nordine April 13, 1920 – February 16, 2019

Ken Nordine April 13, 1920 – February 16, 2019 was an American voice-over and recording artist, best known for his series of Word Jazz albums. His deep, resonant voice has also been featured in many commercial advertisements and movie trailers. One critic wrote that “you may not know Ken Nordine by name or face, but you’ll almost certainly recognize his voice