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  1. Lifestyle - Arts & Culture - BLUE NOTES ROBIN LYNAM

    Blue Notes: Derek Watkins remembered

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam The deaths of jazz musicians often feature on the obituary pages of British newspapers, but the late trumpeter Derek Watkins could be the first to have made the obituary column in the satirical magazine Private Eye. That column, which always begins with the words "So farewell then …" and is credited to the fictional E.J. Thribb (17½), offers a portentously banal ...

  2. Blue notes

    Posted Jan 02nd 2011, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam The grim reaper has hit jazz hard in recent years, and 2010 was no exception. Last year there were more than 100 deaths of musicians sufficiently noteworthy to qualify for an obituary, and several were jazz greats. Those who documented the music were not spared either. The year saw off notable jazz writers Gene Lees and Mike Zwerin, along with photographer Herman ...

  3. When jazzman met the Batman

    Posted Oct 26th 2008, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam I can't have been the only jazz fan who read with astonishment a quotation that appeared in several obituaries of Neal Hefti, who died on October 11, concerning his theme for the Batman TV series. 'I just sweated over that thing, more so than any other single piece of music I ever wrote,' he reportedly said. 'I was never satisfied with it.' ...

  4. Two of the last great piano men leave a legacy of style

    Posted Apr 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Robin Lynam

    ... Robin Lynam Jazz, being now more than a century old, regularly provides material for newspaper obituary sections. And this column will at least refer to the passing of the music's most notable figures. Many people would not regard Bobby Short- who died on March 21 at the age of 80- as a jazz musician per se. However, his contribution to keeping the classic standards ...

  5. News - World - OBITUARY

    Dave Brubeck, pioneering jazz pianist-composer, dies aged 91

    Posted Dec 07th 2012, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in New York Pianist-composer who took genre to millions suffers heart failure on eve of his 92nd birthday Jazz pioneer who took time out to defy convention Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, who tinkered masterfully with rhythm a ...



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