Big Band in the Sky

Big Band in the Sky

(Continued from the February issue of Jersey Jazz Magazine) Howard Johnson Considered the preeminent tuba player in modern jazz, Howard

Annie Ross, Last Member of Pioneering Vocal Trio, Dies at 89

In the mid-1950s, vocalists Dave Lambert and Jon Hendricks worked together to lyricize several Count Basie tunes with the hope of recording them. They received some interest from a young producer, Creed Taylor, who was just starting out with ABC-Paramount Records, and Lambert and Hendricks auditioned 13 singers. Most of them, according to Hendricks, “couldn’t swing.” But, one of them could.

Live Music Advocate, Lee Boswell-May

South Orange Village Mayor Sheena Collum said it perfectly: “Never easy to pay tribute to someone who was one in a bazillion. Lee May, who we all called Boz, is such a tremendous loss for the South Orange community but she wouldn’t want tears or sadness.”

Ellis Marsalis — ‘ Giant Musician and Teacher, But an Even Greater Father ‘

“All I did was make sure they had the best so they could be the best. They did the rest.” That brief statement, in a 1993 Ebony Magazine interview, was pianist/educator Ellis Marsalis’ assessment of his influence on the success of his jazz musician sons — saxophonist Branford, trumpeter Wynton, trombonist Delfeayo, and percussionist Jason.

‘ There Is Only One Bucky ‘

In 1969, Oscar Peterson released an album called Motions and Emotions on the MPS Records label. One of the tracks was the Antonio Carlos Jobim tune, “Wave”, and the writer Gene Lees sought to find out who the guitarist was. 

Clora Bryant, 92

May 30, 1927, Denison, Texas — August 23, 2019, Los Angeles In the early 1950s, Bryant was playing trumpet and

Jim Cullum, Jr., 77

September 20, 1941, Dallas — San Antonio, August 11, 2019

Cullum, a cornetist, bandleader, and educator, was dedicated to preserving the music of jazz’s early giants, such as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bix Beiderbecke, and Jelly Roll Morton. Never was that more apparent than on March 11, 2017, at the Sarasota Jazz Festival when he led a band for a concert divided into three segments celebrating the music of Armstrong, Beiderbecke, and Morton.