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2022 In Remembrance

  • An older white man with gray hair combed back, wearing a black shirt sings into the mic while playing the piano.
    Silvio Tanaka
    CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons
    Jerry Lee Lewis was known as rock and roll’s first great wild man. But his contradictory life was full of success and scandal. John Kessler remembers "The Killer."
  • Chuck Deardorf plays at a KNKX Studio Session, 2015
    Parker Miles Blohm
    Seattle bassist Chuck Deardorf died this year due to complications from COVID-19. He was a familiar sight in the region's clubs, smiling and propelling the music forward while anchoring it all with impeccable time. Carol Handley remembers this beloved musician.
  • A Black man wearing a black and white stripe shirt and sunglasses plays a guitar on stage.
    Masahiro Sumori
    CC A-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia
    Although not as well-known as Buddy Guy or Otis Rush, brothers Syl and Jimmy Johnson both carved out separate and successful careers in the bustling Chicago blues scene of the 1960s and 70s.
  • A bald Black man wearing glasses and a suit blows into a trumpet.
    Dirk Neven, PDM-owner, via Wikimedia Commons
    PDM-owner via Wikimedia Commons
    Beloved educator, trumpeter and cornetist Ron Miles died in March. Here's Mary McCann's impressionistic tribute.
  • Sue Mingus
    Mingus Archive
    National Endowment for the Arts
    Let’s not forget the people we lost this year who didn’t make the music, but contributed in a big way to the jazz we love. Robin Lloyd pays tribute to journalist and archivist Sue Mingus.
  • Courtesy of the artist's representative
    There’s a space in the jazz world for flashy big stars -- but there’s another place for folks who are soft-spoken and hard working – and that’s where pianist Beegie Adair carved out a comfortable spot for herself for over 60 years. Paige Hansen has a remembrance.
  • 1964 Grammy Awards, left to right: Astrud Gilberto, Creed Taylor, Sammy Davis Jr., Monica Getz
    Creed Taylor
    Creed Taylor, Wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0
    Creed Taylor died this past summer at age 93, leaving behind a stunning legacy as a producer, a record label executive and a champion of some of the greatest names in jazz. Nick Morrison has this tribute.
  • A black and white photo of a man in a dark shirt playing bass with one hand and reaching up to touch his sunglasses with the other.
    Marek Lazarski
    CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons
    Charnett Moffett was a renowned bassist who came from a musical family, and carved out a successful solo career at a young age. Carol Handley recalls this extraordinary talent.
  • A Black man with a long white beard plays saxophone wearing a light blue robe and embroidered hat.
    Gerald Herbert
    Pharoah Sanders has become synonymous with "spiritual jazz." Carl Pogue remembers the NEA Jazz Master and suggests if you’re only familiar with his free jazz, you’re missing out on an important part of his expressive career.
  • Organist, saxophonist and trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco at Dimitrious Jazz Alley in Seattle, March 2022
    Tom Collins
    Joey DeFrancesco was considered by many to be the best Hammond organ player in the world. A musical prodigy who played multiple instruments, DeFrancesco sparked an organ revival in jazz and brought joy to everyone who heard him play. DeFrancesco passed away in August. Abe Beeson has more.