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Many tributes to Don Cornelius, an icon of African-American culture ...

Johnny Otis, the musician, bandleader, songwriter, who was often called “the godfather of rhythm and blues,” died on January 17.He was 90.

Legendary performer, Ms. James has taken on blues, jazz, and rock and conquered each genre with her inimitable style. She lost her battle to leukemia  according to her friend and manager Lupe De Leon. She was 73 years old.

Rivers was among the leading figures in the postwar jazz avant-garde and free jazz.

Bob Brookmeyer, a valve trombonist, educator and influential composer/arranger, died Thursday night.He would have been 82 today (December 19,2011).

Robicheaux gained wide acclaim for his swampy, spiritually-influenced brand of guitar blues. He inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame two years ago.


One of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 50 years, died on Tuesday in Manhattan.

British piano legend Gordon Beck passed away. He will be remembered for his album Experiments With Pops and as a sophisticated Bill Evans stylist.