Final Chorus Archive

These are the obituaries grouped together monthly as they ran in the print edition. For individual reviews more recent than April 2018 look in the main Final Chorus section.

The Final Chorus July 2018

These are the remembrances as they ran in the July 2018 print edition of the paper, many other obituaries, and longer obituaries for those listed

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The Final Chorus April 2018

ALAN GERSHWIN, 91, February 27 in the Bronx. Famous for having maintained a curious (if not particularly lucrative) career on his dubious claim to be

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John Cieslak

The Final Chorus July 2017

JOHN CIESLAK, 81, from cardiovascular issues on May 19 in Scottsdale, AZ. A multi-instrumentalist, best known as a longtime member of Igor’s Jazz Cowboys. Garbed

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The Final Chorus May 2017

VINCENT FALCONE, 79, on March 24 from brain cancer in Torrance, CA. He studied music at Syracuse University and toured Europe with various jazz groups

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The Final Chorus February 2017

DAVID SHEPHERD, 87, on Dec. 15 in Hampshire, England. Often billed as Great Britain’s answer to Benny Goodman because of his instrumental facility, centered tone

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The Final Chorus October 2016

Belgian musician Jean-Baptiste “Toots” Thielemans, who turned the lowly harmonica into a virtuoso jazz instrument, died Aug. 22 in Brussels. He was 94. Thielemans, a

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The Final Chorus June 2016

DONALD McGRATH, 90, from cancer on April 17 in Riverside, Calif. A trombonist who during his life played with such California bands as Jazz-A-Ma-Tasa and

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The Final Chorus April 2016

ERNIE SANTOSUOSSO, 93, on Oct.19 in Norwell, Mass. Considered the dean of Boston jazz critics, he penned some 3,550 reviews and interviews for The Boston

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