Guitarist Al Caiola dies at 96

AL CAIOLAAL CAIOLA, 96, on Nov. 9 in Allendale, N.J. A guitarist, composer and arranger who spanned a variety of music genres, including jazz, country, rock, western and pop.

He recorded 75 albums, mostly easy-listening instrumentals, and worked with some of the biggest names in music. Two of the hits he scored for United Artists were the themes for the film The Magnificent Seven and the television series Bonanza.

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Lew Shaw started writing about music as the publicist for the famous Berkshire Music Barn in the 1960s. He joined the West Coast Rag almost thirty years ago and has been a guiding light to this paper through the two name changes since then as we became The Syncopated Times.  47 of his profiles are collected in Jazz Beat: Notes on Classic Jazz. Volume two, containing profiles from 2013-2016 will be available on Amazon soon. He taps his extensive network of connections and friends throughout the traditional jazz world to bring us his Jazz Jottings column every month.

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