Philly Joe Jones


Philly Joe Jones | Scott K Fish | tc711

Jazz drummer Joseph Rudolph “Philly Joe” Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 15, 1923 and died in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from a heart attack on August 30, 1985. He will always be associated with Miles Davis and John Coltrane. He first performed as a child tap dancer on the radio.

After service with the US Army in World War II, Jones took up jazz, living in the UK from 1967–69 when he taught at a school in Hampstead, London (but was prevented from otherwise working in the UK by the Musicians’ Union).

Arthur Hoyle


Arthur Hoyle | NWI Times | tc710

Jazz trumpet , cornet and flugelhorn musician Arthur “Art” Hoyle was born in Corinth , Mississippi on September 9, 1929 and died on June 4, 2020 at age 90 of Alzheimer’s disease.

After completing his military service with the US Air Force, in 1955 he became a member of the Sun Ra Arkestra in Chicago. He then worked and toured the world with Lionel Hampton’s orchestra. In the 1960s he was a member of the CBS studio orchestra and can be heard on many Columbia albums of the time, and can also be heard on many rhythm and blues recordings including those of The Chi-Lites.

Chicago Tribune obituary

Roy Haynes


Roy Haynes | Downbeat | tc709

Jazz drummer Roy Owen Haynes, known as Snap Crackle, was born in Boston, Massachusetts on March 13, 1925. He is among the most recorded drummers in jazz with a career lasting over 70 years, and is considered the father of modern jazz drumming. He is associated with Lester Young, Charlie Parker, Bud Powell, Stan Getz and Sarah Vaughan. He has received many awards, including the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from France.

RIP Cleveland Eaton

We are sad to learn of the death this summer after a long illness of Cleveland Eaton.

Our post has been updated.

Von Freeman


Von Freeman | E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune | tc706

Jazz tenor saxophonist and mentor Earle Lavon “Von” Freeman Sr. was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 3, 1923 and died in Chicago, Illinois on August 11, 2012. His father was a close friend of Louis Armstrong, who lodged with them in Chicago. Freeman began his professional career at the age of 16 in Horace Henderson’s Orchestra. He served in the Navy during World War II and after training he was sent to Hawaii as part of the Hellcats band. After the war he resumed his music career, and mentored countless younger musicians including Corey Wilkes and Ben Paterson. Freeman is considered a founder of the “Chicago School” of jazz tenorists, a group which includes Gene Ammons, Johnny Griffin and Clifford Jordan. Jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman is his son.

LA Times Obituary

Joe Daley


Joe Daley | Rhizome DC | tc705

Jazz tenor saxophonist, composer, and music teacher Joseph “Joe” Albert Daley was born July 30, 1918, in Salem, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music and a Master’s degree in Composition from Chicago Musical College. He spent World War II in the Army Air Corps as a pilot and also played saxophone in the Air Corps Band. Musicians he taught include David Sanborn and John Klemmer. Mr Daley died on March 5, 1994.

Jodie Christian


Jodie Christian | Tiny Mix Tapes | tc704

Jazz pianist Jodie Christian was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 2, 1932 and died in Chicago on February 13, 2012. He was a pioneer of bebop and free jazz. Christian was one of the founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, drummer Steve McCall, and composer Phil Cohran.

LP: James Moody – Easy Living



Track listing:

Flute ‘N The Blues | Birdland Story | It Could Happen To You | I Cover The Waterfront | Body & Soul | Breaking The Blues | Parker’s Mood | Easy Living | Boo’s Tune | Richards Blues | Great Day | The Search | Let’s Try | One Never Knows | Opales ‘Que | Blues Impromptu | Malice Toward None

Released in the UK on Chess CXJD 6702. Contains US Chess albums “Flute’n The Blues” Chess CH-91548 and “Great Day” Chess CH-91522.

Wilbur Campbell


Wilbur Campbell | Jazz Institute of Chicago | tc703

Jazz drummer Wilbur Campbell was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1926 and died of complications from liver disease on Dec. 30, 1999 at his home in Chicago’s South Side.

The Chicago Tribune reported:

“Known among friends and colleagues as “The Chief,” for his pre-eminence among Chicago drummers, Mr. Campbell was a product of a celebrated training ground for jazz musicians: DuSable High School on the South Side of Chicago. There, Mr. Campbell studied with Capt. Walter Dyett, who nurtured such rising jazz stars as Dorothy Donegan, Gene Ammons, Von Freeman and Eddie Harris.”

Obituary – Chicago Tribune

Muhal Richard Abrams


Muhal Richard Abrams | 4 Columns | tc702

Educator, administrator, composer, arranger, clarinetist, cellist, and Free Jazz pianist Muhal Richard Abrams (born Richard Lewis Abrams) was born im Chicago, Illinois on September 19, 1930 and died in Manhattan, New York on October 29, 2017. He toured globally and was associated with Max Roach, Dexter Gordon, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Art Farmer, Sonny Stitt, Anthony Braxton, and The Art Ensemble of Chicago. He became the first President of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

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