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Honoring some in the music world—many legendary, some lesser known—who died in 2017.


The Pioneers

Chuck Berry, father of rock and roll; Antoine “Fats” Domino, New Orleans rock ‘n’ roll legend




Keely Smith; Jon Hendricks, (“vocalise” master); Kevin Mahogany; Al Jarreau


Muhal Richard Abrams, pianist/composer/AACM co-founder; Mischa Mengelberg, Dutch pianist

Ben Riley, drummer; Charles Bobo Shaw, drummer; Sonny Murray, drummer; Grady Tate, drummer (and vocalist)

Svend Asmussen, jazz violin; Larry Coryell, jazz fusion guitarist; Bern Nix, electric guitarist (Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time); Allan Holdsworth, electric guitar; Buck Hill, DC tenor sax stalwart

In the Trenches:

Nat Hentoff, music writer, producer, editor; Chuck Stewart, jazz photographer; George Avakian, producer



Gregg Allman, singer, organist, co-founder, the Allman Brothers Band; Tom Petty, singer/songwriter; Barbara Cook, Broadway and cabaret star; Glen Campbell, guitarist, hit-maker; Walter Becker (Steely Dan)

Clyde Stubblefield, James Brown’s“Funky Drummer”; J. Geils, J. Geils Band; Johnny Hallyday, the French Elvis; Barbara Caroll, cabaret chanteuse; Maggie Roche (the Roches); Lonnie Brooks, “Sweet Home Chicago”; Pete Moore (the Miracles); Pat DiNizio, the Smithereens; Della Reese, singer/actress; David Cassidy, singer/actor; Rose Hamlin (Rosie & the Originals)

Tom Paley, co-founder,New Lost City Ramblers; Gord Downie (Tragically Hip); Tommy Keene, DC pop singer; Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers drummer; Mel Tillis, country singer; Rosalie Sorrels, folk singer; Chris Cornell, Soundgarden; Prodigy (Albert Johnson), Mobb Deep; Chester Bennington, Linkin Park; Charles Bradley, soul singer




Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone; Roberta Peters, coloratura soprano; Nicolai Gedda, tenor


Karel Husa; Pierre Henry, “musique concrète” innovator; Veljo Tormis


Paul Zukovsky, violin; Zuzana Ruzickova, harpsichord


Jiří Bělohlávek; Jeffrey Tate; Georges Prêtre



William Onyeabor, Nigerian funk keyboardist; David Lewiston, field recording producer of the Nonesuch Explorer series; Ray Phiri, South African guitarist (Stimela, Graceland); Vincent Nguini, Cameroonian guitarist


Other Contributors

Leon Ware, Motown producer; Don Hunstein, Columbia Records staff photographer

Ikutaro Kakehashi, inventor of the Roland 808 drum machine; Murray Lerner, documentary film maker

Harvey Lichtenstein, Brooklyn Academy of Music impresario