Peter Westbrook

Peter Westbrook

I received the following announcement by e-mail on April 16th. I reproduce it here in its entirety.

Dear IAJE Family,

"It is with a great sense of loss that I inform you that despite drastic efforts to cut expenses and raise emergency funds, the IAJE Board has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law. I want to thank profusely those who responded with their generous donations and offers of assistance following my last communication. While over 250 individu …

Washington area jazz vocalist and educator Ronnie Wells-Elliston passed away March 7 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 64.

Ms. Wells-Elliston was a pillar of the Washington jazz scene for more than three decades. Born Veronica Burke, she was a 1960 graduate of Washington's Cardozo High School. She attended Howard University and held administrative jobs over the years with federal agencies and private businesses.

Ronnie began singing p …

National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, bebop pioneer, and one of the pillars of the jazz drum tradition, Max Roach has passed away at 83 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer's. One of only four drummers among the N.E.A. list of greats--he is joined by Kenny Clarke, Louis Bellson and Elvin Jones--Roach enjoyed a career that began with the Ellington Orchestra, flowered in the company of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and went on to embrace several of the music's later generation …
On Saturday Nov 10th, a memorial service, including a funeral processional, will be held for multi-instrumentalist Tim Eyermann as part of the Cape May Jazz Festival. Eyermann passed away May 1, after a battle with lung cancer that was complicated by pneumonia. A great favorite at the festival, Eyermann opened up the first one in April '94, and appeared there on many subsequent occasions, until his last performance in November 2006. Tim played flute and saxophones with the Cape May All …
Clarinetist, saxophonist, occasional flutist, composer, and bandleader Jimmy Giuffre has died in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, two days before his 87th birthday. A victim of Parkinson's disease, he had been inactive as a performer for several years. Giuffre is survived by his wife of 47 years, Juanita.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Giuffre received a Bachelor of Music degree from North Texas State University before joining the Army, where he played in the official Army band. After his discharge …

The Brazilian music world has been saddened by the passing of one of its most cherished members. Walter Santos, one of the key names in the bossa nova movement, succumbed to cancer June 29th at the Albert Einstein hospital in Sao Paulo.

Santos was less well-known to American audiences than close friends such as Joao Gilberto, Antonio Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal. Unlike his colleagues, his performance and recording activities were largely restricted to Brazil, and he did not interact with …

The jazz world is saddened this week with the loss of another of its legendary performers. Tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, a mainstay of the hard bop generation, who worked with such luminaries as Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Thelonious Monk, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and John Coltrane, was found dead on Friday by his wife Miriam at his home in western France. He had celebrated his 80th birthday in May with a stint at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London, and had performed in the Riviera town …
Guitarist Joe Beck has died of complications from lung cancer on July 22nd in Woodbury, Connecticut, four days from his 63rd birthday.

Originally from Philadelphia, Beck enjoyed a career spanning over four decades during which he exhibited a wide stylistic range, performing and recording with a Who's Who of musicians that included Miles Davis, Gil Evans, Duke Ellington, Buddy Rich, Paul Desmond, Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman, Stan Getz, Larry Coryell, Gene Ammons, Sergio Mendes, Antonio Carl …

The jazz world has lost one of its finest writers and historians. On September 19th, after a lengthy illness, Richard Sudhalter finally succumbed to aspiration pneumonia in a New York City hospital. He was 69.

Although he was himself a fine musician, Sudhalter was best known for his writings, which represented some of the most scholarly works in the field of jazz history. He wrote three major books, including biographies of Bix Beiderbecke and Hoagy Carmichael, published in 1975 and 20 …

Legendary saxophonist and clarinetist Alfred J. Gallodoro, featured soloist with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra from 1936 to 1940, passed away October 4th at the age of 95. During a professional career spanning more than eight decades, Gallodoro worked in virtually every musical environment, from vaudeville houses, speakeasies, and night clubs to symphonies, Carnegie Hall, and international jazz festivals. He claimed to be one of the world's longest continually active performing musicians. He was r …