The Final Chorus

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Trombonist George Masso has died at age 92

Trombonist, vibraphonist, composer, and bandleader George Masso died Tuesday, October 22, 2019, he was 92. The son of a trumpet-playing bandleader, George Masso’s musical education

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Jimmy Haislip (1936-2017)

We belatedly note the passing of the excellent trombonist Jimmy Haislip, of St. Louis, who died on December 31, 2017 at 81. He started his

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Ted Shafer (1925-2019)

For several decades, now, Ted Shafer has been something of an institution in traditional jazz in the San Francisco Bay Area. The message on his

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Paul Howard Nelson has passed at 86

Paul Howard Nelson, Navy flight navigator, salesman, business leader, photographer, author, and lecturer on Ragtime and Early Jazz, passed away on May 24th at the

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Leon Redbone has Died at 127

Leon Redbone, a one of a kind personality who brought vintage music to the masses, died on May 30th at 69 years old, though in

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Trombonist Urbie Green Dies at 92

Urban Clifford “Urbie” Green, 92, on December 31 in the Poconos.  Known for his smooth, warm, mellow tone, and lyrical phrasing, he was called a

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Grenoldo Frazier dies at 65

Grenoldo Frazier, 65, passed away in his Wilmington, NC home on December 30. A native of Wilmington, he moved to New York in 1972 and

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Piano Legend Johnny Maddox has Died

Johnny Maddox, one of the most recognizable personalities in ragtime history died Tuesday, November 27th, he was 91. He planted the seeds of a ragtime

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Roy Clark, host of Hee Haw, has died.

Roy Clark, 85, on November 15th of pneumonia in Tulsa Oklahoma. Born in Virginia his family moved to Washington D.C. when he was young. He began

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Daniel C. Grinstead, 74

Daniel C. Grinstead, 74, of cancer on September 6th. His musical interest turned to early jazz and ragtime in his teen years and he found work

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