The Final Chorus

For remembrances grouped by month as they ran in the print edition, including all entries prior to April 2018, look in the Final Chorus Archive, individual past issues, or use the search feature.

Jimmy Haislip trombone

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

Ted Shafer Jelly Roll Jazz Band

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

Bob Wilber young

Classic Jazz Reedman Bob Wilber has Died

Jazz revival clarinet and saxophonist Bob Wilber, who explored the sound of Sidney Bechet, and at times stood beside him died August 4th, he was

Paul Howard Nelson has passed at 86

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

Leon_Redbone_in_Toronto

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

Norma Miller Credit Joe Mabel/Century Ballroom

Queen of Swing Norma Miller Dies at 99

Norma Miller, who died Sunday, May 5th at age 99, grew up in an apartment overlooking the Savoy Ballroom. She could watch the dancers from

Trombonist Urbie Green Dies at 92

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

Piano Legend Johnny Maddox has Died

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

Roy Clark, host of Hee Haw, has died.

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

Daniel C. Grinstead, 74

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

Trombonist Bill Watrous Has Passed

Trombonist Bill Watrous Has Passed

Bill Watrous, 79, on July 2nd, after a short illness in California. William Russell Watrous III grew up in Connecticut idolizing his trombonist father who

Tom Dutart

Thomas Alan Dutart  Obituary

Thomas Alan Dutart’s official obituary Heaven’s Dixieland Jazz Band has a new jammer!  Thomas Alan Dutart passed away on June 19th, 2018 in Santa Maria,

Charles Neville, 79

Charles Neville, 79

Charles Neville, 79, April 26 in Massachusetts. The second oldest of the Neville Brothers, played saxophone for the band that commingled all the native strains

Bob Dorough, 94

Bob Dorough, 94

Bob Dorough, 94, April 23 in Mt. Bethel, PA. Noticing a talent for music his father, a bread truck driver in Texarkana, made an arrangement

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