IN MEMORIAM 

IN MEMORIAM 

Honoring some in the music world—many legendary, some lesser known—who died in 2020, many from the coronavirus. 

Pop/Rock/Soul/Gospel/Hip Hop 

Little Richard (Richard Penniman), pioneer singer/pianist/icon; Bill Withers, singer/songwriter; Helen Reddy (“I Am Woman”); Eddie Van Halen, guitarist/bandleader; Florian Schneider (Kraftwerk); Tommy DeVito (Four Seasons); Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”); Millie Small (“My Boy Lollipop”); Neil Peart, drummer (Rush); Andy Gill (Gang of Four); Dave Roback, guitarist (Mazzy Star); Harold Budd, ambient pioneer; Chad Stuart (Chad & Jeremy); Trini Lopez, singer; Spencer Davis, guitaris/bandleader (Spencer Davis Group); Norma Tanegra, singer/songwriter; Leslie West (Mountain); Betty Wright, R&B singer; André Harrell, producer/executive; Lucky Peterson, blues guitaristAdam Schlesinger, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist (Fountains of Wayne)

Country/Bluegrass/Folk/Roots 

John Prine, singer/songwriter; Tony Rice, singer and flat-pick guitar master; Kenny Rogers, country pop hitmaker; Charley Pride, C&W pioneer; Jerry Jeff Walker, singer/songwriter; Billy Joe Shaver, “outlaw country” songwriter; Mac Davis, singer, songwriter; Justin Townes Earle, singer/songwriter; K.T. Oslin, country singer; Eric Weissberg, banjo/string player (“Dueling Banjos”); Joe Diffie, country sinter; Judy Dyble, vocalist (Fairport Convention); Bob Shane (Kingston Trio); Buzzy Linhart, singer/songwriter; Charlie Daniels, singer/fiddler, session man

Film & Broadway 

Ennio Morricone, film composer giant; Rebecca Luker, Broadway star; Nick Cordero, Broadway actor 

Jazz  

Vocalists: Annie Ross, singer/lyricist (Lambert, Hendricks and Ross); Freddy Cole 

Instrumentalists:  

Jimmy Heath, tenor sax and bandleader; McCoy Tyner, piano giant; Jimmy Cobb, drummer; Gary Peacock, bassist (Albert Ayler, Paul Bley, Keith Jarrett); Cándido Camaro, Latin jazz conguero pioneer; Andy Gonzalez, Latin jazz bassist; Stanley Cowell, pianist; Wallace Roney, trumpeter; Bucky Pizzarelli, guitarist;  Johnny Mandel, composer/arranger; Richie Cole, alto saxophonist; Steve Grossman, saxophonist (Miles Davis); Claudio Roditi, trumpet; Jack Sheldon, trumpeter and vocalist (Schoolhouse Rocks); Lyle Mays, keyboardist (Pat Metheny Group); Jon Christensen, drummer (ECM stalwart); Bill Smith, clarinetist/composer; Danny Ray Thompson baritone sax (Sun Ra); Ray Mantilla, Latin percussionist; Henry Grimes, bassist; Helen Jones Woods, trombone (International Sweethearts of Rhythm); Toshinori Kondo, trumpet; Viola Smith, drummer; Mike Longo, educator/pianist; Lennie Niehaus, alto saxophonist, composer/arranger; Keith Tippett, British pianistEllis Marsalis Jr., jazz pianist and educator; Lee Konitz, alto sax master; Andrew White, tenor sax (& oboe & bass) / John Coltrane scholar / DC jazz icon 

Classical 

Leon Fleisher, pianist/teacher; Reinbert de Leeuw, pianist, new music champion (Schönberg Ensemble); Krzysztof Penderecki, composer; Julian Bream, classical guitar; Barry Tuckwell, French horn/conductor; Harry Kupfer, opera director; Peter Serkin, pianist, new music; Mirella Freni, soprano; Nedda Casei, mezzo-soprano and labor leader, American Guild of Musical Artists; Rosalind Elias, mezzo-soprano; Lynn Harrell, cellist; Martin Lovett (Amadeus Quartet); Ida Haendel, violinist; Erin Wall, soprano; Charles Wuorinen, composer; “Blue” Gene Tyranny, new music pianist; Ivry Gitlis, Israeli violinist

International 

Joseph Shabalala, founder/leader, Ladysmith Black Mambazo; “Toots” Hibbert, reggae pioneer (Toots and the Maytals); Vera Lynn, British chanteuse (“We’ll Meet Again”); Manu Dibango, Cameroonian star (“Soul Makossa); Tony Allen, Afrobeat drummer; Mory Kante, Guinean star; Pandit Jasraj, Indian classical vocalist; Juliette Gréco, chanteuse; Mohamed Reza Shajarian, Iranian vocalistBassam Saba, co-founder of the New York Arabic Orchestra

DC 

Brother Ah (Robert Northern), French horn player and bandleader, host, WPFW’s The Collectors;  

Patrick Ellis (host, WHUR’s Gospel Spirit); Twins Jazz, DC jazz nightclub (and all other endangered venues); 

Other Contributors 

Stanley Crouch, writer, scholar (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Milton Glaser, record cover & poster designer; Wes Wilson, SF poster artist; Bonnie MacLean, Fillmore poster artist; Vaughan Oliver, cover designer (4AD Records); Jeremy Marre, world music documentarian (“Beats of the Heart”); Ronan O'Rahilly , pirate radio pioneer (Radio Caroline); Astrid Kirchherr, Beatles photographer/style setter; Joe Segal, jazz presenter