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Jazz pianist Ray Bryant whose sensitivity and easy authority made him a busy accompanist and a successful solo artist, died Thursday June 2 in a Queens hospital at the age of 79 after a long illness.


The ranks of vinyl devotees are growing. Lately, the anachronistic LP has experienced an unlikely spike in sales, decades after the mainstream music industry wrote off the format as obsolete.


Cornell Dupree, a soul/R&B/jazz guitarist who claimed to have played on over 2,500 recordings, including recording with   Aretha Franklin, Joe Cocker, Paul Simon, Bonnie Raitt and Mariah Carey, died May 8 at his home in Fort Worth, Texas. He had emphysema and was awaiting a lung transplant. He was among the elite in a small cadre of musicians who turned in memorable, often crucial hooks...

 


The musician, novelist, poet and notable voice of black protest culture in the 1970s ,Gil Scott-Heron, who helped lay the groundwork for rap by fusing minimalistic percussion, political expression and spoken-word poetry on songs such as "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," died Friday at age 62.


Bruce Ricker, a filmmaker best known for The Last of the Blue Devils , his early documentary about Kansas City blues and jazz musicians, as well as a series of well-received music-doc collaborations with Clint Eastwood, died on May 13.

Jazz trumpeter Snooky Young, who played for more than two decades in "The Tonight Show" band died last Wednesday. He was 92.


Saxophonist and flutist Zim Ngqawana, among the most accomplished South African jazz musicians of his generation died Monday evening in Johannesburg. He was 52


He was a great figure of American blues ... Pianist Pinetop Perkins died   at the age of 97 years. He had just received a Grammy Award for his latest album, "Joined at the Hip", recorded with one of his old friends, Willie 'Big Eyes'Smith. Born in the cotton fields of Mississippi, Pinetop Perkins had played with Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson and of course Muddy Waters.


Joe Morello has died at the age of 82. Born July 17, 1928 in Springfield (Mass.), he was known for having played for nearly 10 years in the Dave Brubeck Quartet, including a solo in the famous "Take Five" in 1959 ...