Notable Deaths 2017

Melton Mustafa (Jazz musician and educator), 70
Robbie Malinga (South African musician and producer), 47
Halvard Kausland (Norwegian jazz guitarist), 72
Roswell Rudd (American jazz trombonist), 82

Kevin Mahogany (American jazz singer), 59
Michael Prophet (Jamaican reggae singer), 60
Keely Smith (American singer), 89
Willie Pickens (American jazz pianist and educator), 86
Sunny Murray (American jazz drummer for Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler), 81
Mundell Lowe (American jazz guitarist and composer), 95
Robert Walker (American blues musician), 80
Magín Díaz (Colombian folk singer and songwriter), 94
Jon Hendricks (American jazz singer and songwriter for Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), 96
John Coates Jr. (American jazz pianist), 79
Wayne Cochran (American soul singer and songwriter), 78
Della Reese (American actress and singer), 86
Ben Riley (American jazz drummer for Thelonious Monk), 84
Robert Knight (American R&B singer), 72
Katie Lee (American folk singer), 98
Theo Bophela (South African jazz musician), 86
Keith Wilder (American funk/disco singer of Heatwave), 65
Shea Norman (American gospel singer), 45
Fats Domino (American Hall of Fame pianist and singer-songwriter), 89
Atle Hammer (Norwegian jazz musician), 85
Grady Tate (American jazz drummer), 85
Bunny Sigler (American songwriter and record producer for The O’Jays, The Roots), 76
CeDell Davis (American blues musician), 90
Charles Bradley (American soul singer), 68
Laudir de Oliveira (Brazilian musician for Sérgio Mendes, Chicago), 77
Leo Cuypers (Dutch jazz pianist and composer), 69
Rick Stevens (American R&B singer of Tower of Power), 77
Earl Lindo (Jamaican reggae musician), 64
Walter Becker (American musician and songwriter; co-founder of Steely Dan), 67
Hedley Jones (Jamaican musician, audio engineer and inventor), 99
Melissa Bell (English singer to Soul II Soul), 53
Wilson das Neves (Brazilian percussionist and singer), 81

Larry Marshall (Jamaican reggae singer), 75
Winston Samuels (Jamaica Ska Legend), 73
John Abercrombie (American jazz guitarist), 72

Segun Bucknor (Nigerian musician), 71
Luiz Melodia (Brazilian actor, singer, and songwriter), 66
Chuck Loeb (American jazz guitarist for Fourplay), 61
Errol Dyers (South African jazz guitarist and composer), 65
Paapa Yankson (Ghanaian highlife musician), 73
Wilindoro Cacique (Peruvian Amazonian cumbia musician from Juaneco y Su Combo), 75
Graham Wood (Australian jazz pianist), 45
Fresh Kid Ice (American rapper from 2 Live Crew), 53
Egil Kapstad (Norwegian jazz pianist, arranger and composer), 76
Ray Phiri (South African jazz musician), 70
Melvyn “Deacon” Jones (American blues musician), 73
John Blackwell (American funk and jazz drummer for Prince), 43
Phil Cohran (American jazz trumpeter), 90

Geri Allen (American jazz pianist, composer), 60
Prodigy (American rapper from Mobb Deep), 42
Noel Neal (American blues musician for Kenny Neal, bassist for James Cotton), 54
Chris Murrell (American jazz singer), 61
Sonny Knight (American soul singer, singer of Sonny Knight & The Lakers), 69
Thara Memory (American jazz trumpeter), 68
Luis Abanto Morales (Peruvian singer and composer), 93
Vin Garbutt (British folk singer), 69
Skipp Pearson (American jazz musician), 79
Educated Rapper (American rapper for UTFO), 54
Mickey Roker (American jazz drummer), 84
Kid Vinil (Brazilian musician and record producer), 62
Frankie Paul (Jamaican musician), 51
Rosa Nell Speer (American gospel singer for Speer Family), 94
Tom McClung (American jazz pianist and composer), 60
Bill Dowdy (American jazz drummer for The Three Sounds), 84
Dave Pell (American jazz musician), 92
Rais Khan (Pakistani sitarist), 77
Saxa (Jamaican-born British saxophonist for The Beat), 87
Erkki Kurenniemi (Finnish musician), 75
Belchior (Brazilian singer and composer), 70
Zoe Raella (American rapper), 32
Calep Emphrey Jr. (American drummer for B.B. King), 67
Jerry Adriani (Brazilian singer and actor), 70
Kerry Turman (bass player of The Temptations), 59
Cuba Gooding, Sr (singer for Main Ingredient), 72
Allan Holdsworth (British guitarist and composer for Bruford, Soft Machine, U.K., Tempest), 70

Kim Plainfield (American jazz drummer), 63
David Peel (American singer and political activist), 73
Brenda Jones (American R&B singer for The Jones Girls), 62
Lonnie Brooks (American blues guitarist and singer), 83
Aldo Guibovich (Peruvian singer for Los Pasteles Verdes), 64
Arthur Blythe (American jazz alto saxophonist and composer), 76
Clem Curtis (Trinidadian-born British singer), 76
Jimmy Dotson (American blues musician), 83
Avo Uvezian (Armenian-American jazz pianist), 91
Roy Fisher (British poet and jazz pianist), 86
Chuck Berry (American rock and roll musician), 90
James Cotton (American blues harmonica player), 81
Wojciech Młynarski (Polish poet, singer and songwriter), 75
P-Nut / Robert Johnson (American keyboardist for Parliament-Funkadelic), 69
Joni Sledge (American singer for Sister Sledge), 60
Dave Valentin (American jazz flautist), 64
Edi Fitzroy (Jamaican reggae singer), 62
Misha Mengelberg (Dutch jazz pianist and composer), 81
Eric Miller (American record producer for Pablo Records), 75
Fumio Karashima (Japanese jazz pianist), 68
Leon Ware (American musician and record producer), 77
Larry Coryell (American jazz guitarist), 73
Clyde Stubblefield (American drummer for James Brown), 73
Pericoma Okoye (Nigerian singer)
E-Dubble (American rap artist), 34
Tibério Gaspar (Brazilian musician and composer), 73
Al Jarreau (American Jazz singer), 76
Walter “Junie” Morrison (keyboards in Funkadelic and the Ohio Players), 62
Svend Asmussen (Danish jazz violinist), 100
David Axelrod (American Jazz musician), 83
Noel Simms (Jamaican reggae musician), 82
Bobby Freeman (American singer), 76
John Wetton (British singer-songwriter and bass guitarist of Asia and King Crimson), 67
Geoff Nicholls (English keyboardist for Black Sabbath), 68
Lundi Tyamara (South African Gospel singer), 38
Ronnie Davis (Jamaican reggae singer), 66
William Onyeabor (Nigerian singer-songwriter), 70

Charles “Bobo” Shaw (American jazz drummer), 69
Thandi Klaasen (South African jazz singer), 86
Mark Fisher (British writer, music journalist for The Wire), 48
Tony Booth (British poster artist, including The Beatles), 83
Buddy Greco (American jazz and pop singer and pianist), 90
Nat Hentoff (Jazz critic for Village Voice), 91
Sylvester Potts (American soul singer for The Contours), 78
Abdul Halim Jaffer Khan (Indian sitar player and composer), 89
Bade Fateh Ali Khan (Pakistani singer), 82