27th Dec2015

Notable Deaths 2015

by ukvibe

Natalie Maria Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015) – American singer

William Franklin Guest (July 2, 1941 – December 24, 2015) – American R&B/soul singer

Sam Dockery (1929 – December 23, 2015) – American jazz pianist (Art Blakey, Roy Haynes)

Isham Russell “Rusty” Jones II (April 13, 1942 – December 9, 2015) – American jazz drummer

Svein “Chrico” Christiansen (6 August 1941 – 25 November 2015) – Norwegian jazz drummer

Albert “Al” Aarons (March 23, 1932 – November 17, 2015) – American jazz trumpeter

Hubert Leroy “Herbie” Goins (February 21, 1939 – October 27, 2015) – American rhythm & blues singer

Lee Shaw (June 25, 1926 – October 25, 2015) – American jazz pianist and composer

Nat Peck (January 13, 1925 – October 24, 2015) – American jazz trombonist

Mark Howe Murphy (March 14, 1932 – October 22, 2015) – American jazz singer

Donald Percy ‘Don’ Rendell (4 March 1926 – 20 October 2015) – English jazz musician and arranger

Larry Rosen (May 25, 1940 – October 9, 2015) – American producer/musician/recording engineer

Otis Ray “Killer” Appleton (August 23, 1941 – October 7, 2015) – American jazz drummer

David Samuel Pike (March 23, 1938 – October 3, 2015) jazz vibraphone and marimba player (MPS Records)

George Coleridge Emerson Goode (29 November 1914 – 2 October 2015) – British Jamaican-born jazz bassist (Indo-Jazz Fusions)

Willie Akins (April 10, 1939 – October 2, 2015) – American jazz musician

Harold Lomax Ousley (January 23, 1929 – August 13, 2015) – American jazz tenor saxophonist and flautist

Russell Audley Ferdinand “Russ” Henderson MBE (7 January 1924 – 18 August 2015) – jazz musician on the piano and the steelpan

Hugo Rasmussen (22 March 1941 – 30 August 2015) Danish bassist

Masabumi Kikuchi (19 October 1939 – 6 July 2015) – Japanese jazz pianist/composer

Howard Rumsey (November 7, 1917 – July 15, 2015) – American jazz double-bassist

John Taylor (25 September 1942 – 17 July 2015) – British jazz pianist

Bruce Edward Washington, Jr. a.k.a. Hussein Fatal (April 3, 1977 – July 10, 2015) American rapper (Outlawz)

Archie Alleyne (January 7, 1933 – June 8, 2015) – Canadian jazz drummer

Paul Bacon (December 25, 1923 – June 8, 2015) – American book and album cover designer and jazz musician.

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015) – American jazz saxophonist/violinist/trumpeter/composer.

John Landry “Buddy” Boudreaux (December 27, 1917 – June 13, 2015) – big band and jazz saxophone/clarinet

Allan Vincent Browne OAM (28 July 1944 – 13 June 2015) – Australian jazz drummer/composer

Harold Raymond Battiste, Jr. (October 28, 1931 – June 19, 2015) – American music composer/arranger/performer/teacher (Sam Cooke)

Gunther Alexander Schuller (November 22, 1925 – June 21, 2015) – American jazz musician/composer/conductor//author/historian

Eddy Louiss (2 May 1941 – 30 June 2015) – French jazz musician

Samuel McClain a.k.a. Mighty Sam McClain (April 15, 1943 – June 15, 2015) – American soul/blues singer/songwriter

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 – June 11, 2015) – American jazz saxophonist

Jerome Cooper (December 14, 1946 – May 6, 2015) – American free jazz musician

Luz Ercilia Fabery Zenón a.k.a. Lucy Fabery (January 25, 1931 – May 13, 2015) – Puerto Rican jazz singer
Ortheia Barnes-Kennerly (1945 – May 15, 2015) – American R&B and jazz singer

Marcus Batista Belgrave (June 12, 1936 – May 24, 2015) American jazz trumpeter

Raymond Huston “Ray” Kennedy Jr. (1957 – May 28, 2015) – American jazz pianist/composer/arranger

Margo Reed (c. 1942 – April 15, 2015) – American blues singer

Marty Napoleon (June 2, 1921 – April 27, 2015) – American jazz pianist (Louis Armstrong)

Percy Tyrone Sledge (November 25, 1940 – April 14, 2015) was an African American R&B/soul/gospel singer

Benjamin Earl King a.k.a. Ben E. King (September 28, 1938 – April 30, 2015) – American soul and R&B singer/producer

Orrin Keepnews (March 2, 1923 – March 1, 2015) – American jazz writer/producer (Riverside, Milestone, Fantasy, Landmark Records)

Lewis Michael Soloff (February 20, 1944 – March 8, 2015) – American jazz trumpeter/composer/actor (Machito, Tony Scott, Maynard Ferguson and Tito Puente)

Robert “Bob” Parlocha (April 18, 1938 – March 15, 2015) – American jazz expert/radio host/programmer/saxophone player

Paul Jeffrey (April 8, 1933 – March 20, 2015) – American jazz tenor saxophonist/arranger/educator (Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Lionel Hampton and B.B. King)

John Newton “Johnny” Helms (February 10, 1935 – March 27, 2015) – American jazz trumpeter/bandleader/music educator (Woody Herman, Clark Terry and Chris Potter)

Billy Butler (June 7, 1945 – March 31, 2015) – American soul singer/songwriter

Zane Musa (January 1, 1979 – February 2, 2015) Alto/Soprano/Tenor Saxophonist /vocalist

William Thomas McKinley (December 9, 1938 – February 3, 2015) – American composer/jazz pianist

Richie Pratt (March 11, 1943 – February 12, 2015, born Richard Dean Tyree) – American jazz drummer

Keith Copeland (April 18, 1946 – February 14, 2015) – jazz drummer/music educator

Hulon E. Crayton (c. 1956 – February 14, 2015) – American smooth jazz saxophonist

Clark Terry Jr. (December 14, 1920 – February 21, 2015) – American swing and bebop trumpeter/composer/educator

Erik Amundsen (1 February 1937 – 22 February 2015) – Norwegian jazz bassist

George Arthur Probert, Jr. (March 5, 1927 – January 10, 2015) – American jazz clarinetist/soprano saxophonist/bandleader

Cynthia Layne (February 27, 1963 – January 18, 2015) – American contemporary jazz vocalist

Donald James Randolph a.k.a. Don Covay (March 24, 1936 – January 31, 2015) – American R&B/soul singer

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