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

The one-time jazz star, who fronted his own group in the 1950s, was renowned as one of the finest arrangers in the business and became jazz great Stan Kenton's maestro. He also signed Miles Davis to Capitol Records and produced his masterpiece Birth of the Cool.But the Sicilian-born Rugolo is perhaps best known for his TV themes for The Fugitive and Run for Your Life.

George “Butch” Ballard accomplished many things in his 92 years, for which he was honored last fall in the Northeast Philadelphia Hall of Fame. Ballard was known primarily for his stints with Count Basie and Duke Ellington. He also recorded with Louis Armstrong and others, and was said to have played on more than 300 recordings. He continued to play until recent years. In 2006 he received a Mellon Jazz Achievement Award

In an age of digital music that can be instantly downloaded into you mp3 player, a recording technology once considered old and obsolete - vinyl - has been making a strong comeback and is gaining in popularity, and not just in a cultish way. Vinyl was the fastest-growing musical format in 2010.

Vinyl's increase in popularity is providing a beacon of hope for independent record stores and all music industry that has suffered with the increase of digital downloads this past decade.


The former head of jazz and founder of the jazz degree course at the Royal Academy of Music in London, the bassist and composer Graham Collier, has died at the age of 74, on Saturday in Greece. British bassist, composer, author and educator Graham Collier authored seven jazz books.

Grammy-winning Delta bluesman David "Honeyboy" Edwards, whose emotional singing and eccentric timing thrilled audiences from his native Mississippi to Europe, has died at age 96.


Joe Lee Wilson, a jazz vocalist with an eloquent baritone voice, one of the leaders of New York's jazz loft movement of the 1960s and '70s, died Sunday after a long illness. He was 75.


On July 4th at Yoshi's San Francisco over 40 musicians performed to raise funds for Dayna's Kidney Transplant. The All-Star Bay Area Musician's Community came together to support him while he waits on a dire kidney transplant and faces costly anti-rejection medications at a monthly rate of over $4,000 a month for an indefinite time period.

Legendary Cuban guitarist, pianist and arranger. Manuel Galbán passed away in a hospital in Havana on July 7, 2011. He was 80 years old.