The Final Chorus

The Final Chorus column notes the passing of contributors to jazz, especially those unsung heroes who have helped to bring the sounds of early jazz to us across the decades. If you know of a passing that should be recognized, whether a musician or someone behind the scenes, please let us know.

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  • EVERETT “EV” FAREY, 88, April 4, Novato CA. In the 50’s he was co-leader of the Bay City Jazz Band, led the Golden State Jazz Band and played with the Port City Jazz Band, the Gold Coast Jazz Band, and many others. He recorded on Turk Murphy’s album Dancing Jazz as well as with Bob

  • JIM LAVERONI, 64, March 28, Rohnert Park, CA. A drummer with The Black Tuesday Jazz Band, The Flying Eagle Jazz Band and the Swing and a Miss Big Band. He participated in The Sacramento Teagarden Jazz Camp which helps to ensure the future of traditional jazz. He hosted the Percussion Discussion program on his local

  • Joe with band mate Liz Wood. JOSEPH KERACHER, 100, in Attalla, AL. He met his wife through the G.I. Josie program while stationed at Camp Sibert, near Gadsden Alabama in 1941. He was the lead clarinet and saxophone player in the army dance band at the camp where at the time Mickey Rooney was also

  • CECIL TAYLOR, 89, April 5th, in Brooklyn, NY. A pioneer of free jazz known for the physicality of his piano approach. He pushed the limits of what could be called jazz from his first recording “Jazz Advance” in 1956 onto even more experimental forms in the 1960’s. His unique style drew on modern classical composition

  • JERZY STANISLAW MILIAN, 82, March 7 in Poland. After graduating from the State high School of Music at 16 he was taught at the East Berlin Conservatory by Wolfram Heicking and Boguslaw Schaeffer. He created a quintet in the early 50’s and after developing an acquaintance with Krzysztof Komeda transitioned from piano to play vibraphone

  • AUDREY MORRIS, 89, April 1, In Chicago. A pianist and singer who caught the ear of well known jazz men and the eye of Hollywood before settling into her role as the leading lady of Chicago cabaret. She released albums in the mid fifties which revealed a reflective understanding of tone and lyric beyond her

  • OLLY WILSON, 80, March 12, in Oakland, CA. After performing as a teenage jazz musician enamored by Miles Davis and Charlie Parker he turned his artistic energy towards composing modern classical pieces with a jazz sensibility. He studied African music in Ghana, and created a studio for electronic music at the Oberlin College Conservatory where

  • BUELL NEIDLINGER, 82, March 16, Widbey Island Washington. Famous for his work with Cecil Taylor, he also made contributions to free jazz and worked with classical orchestras. After first studying cello he switched to upright bass at 13 and was tutored by Walter Page. While briefly at Yale he was a member of Eli’s Chosen

Recent Posts
  • EVERETT “EV” FAREY, 88, April 4, Novato CA. In the 50’s he was co-leader of the Bay City Jazz Band, led the Golden State Jazz Band and played with the Port City Jazz Band, the Gold Coast Jazz Band, and many others. He recorded on Turk Murphy’s album Dancing Jazz as well as with Bob

  • JIM LAVERONI, 64, March 28, Rohnert Park, CA. A drummer with The Black Tuesday Jazz Band, The Flying Eagle Jazz Band and the Swing and a Miss Big Band. He participated in The Sacramento Teagarden Jazz Camp which helps to ensure the future of traditional jazz. He hosted the Percussion Discussion program on his local

  • Joe with band mate Liz Wood. JOSEPH KERACHER, 100, in Attalla, AL. He met his wife through the G.I. Josie program while stationed at Camp Sibert, near Gadsden Alabama in 1941. He was the lead clarinet and saxophone player in the army dance band at the camp where at the time Mickey Rooney was also

  • CECIL TAYLOR, 89, April 5th, in Brooklyn, NY. A pioneer of free jazz known for the physicality of his piano approach. He pushed the limits of what could be called jazz from his first recording “Jazz Advance” in 1956 onto even more experimental forms in the 1960’s. His unique style drew on modern classical composition

  • JERZY STANISLAW MILIAN, 82, March 7 in Poland. After graduating from the State high School of Music at 16 he was taught at the East Berlin Conservatory by Wolfram Heicking and Boguslaw Schaeffer. He created a quintet in the early 50’s and after developing an acquaintance with Krzysztof Komeda transitioned from piano to play vibraphone

  • AUDREY MORRIS, 89, April 1, In Chicago. A pianist and singer who caught the ear of well known jazz men and the eye of Hollywood before settling into her role as the leading lady of Chicago cabaret. She released albums in the mid fifties which revealed a reflective understanding of tone and lyric beyond her

  • OLLY WILSON, 80, March 12, in Oakland, CA. After performing as a teenage jazz musician enamored by Miles Davis and Charlie Parker he turned his artistic energy towards composing modern classical pieces with a jazz sensibility. He studied African music in Ghana, and created a studio for electronic music at the Oberlin College Conservatory where

  • BUELL NEIDLINGER, 82, March 16, Widbey Island Washington. Famous for his work with Cecil Taylor, he also made contributions to free jazz and worked with classical orchestras. After first studying cello he switched to upright bass at 13 and was tutored by Walter Page. While briefly at Yale he was a member of Eli’s Chosen