Category: Obituaries

Paul Ryan obituary

My friend Paul Ryan, who has died aged 69 of cancer, was a writer and author who spent the last decade or so of his life as a jazz crooner, […]

Barbara Thompson obituary

Formidably talented saxophonist at the heart of many jazz line-ups who blazed a trail for female instrumentalists The early 21st century’s fast-moving story of genre-fluid, culture-crossing musical innovation nowadays takes […]

Grachan Moncur III 1937 – 2022

Grachan Moncur III, a trombonist and composer who forged a unique identity in the “new thing” of 1960s jazz, died in his longtime home city … Read More “Grachan Moncur […]

Letter: Tina May obituary

In 1992 Tina May was the first winner of the Musicians’ Company Young Jazz Musician of the Year award. She was so delighted by the Company’s support that she became […]

Charnett Moffett 1967 – 2022

Charnett Moffett, a bassist and composer whose virtuosity on both electric (often fretless) and acoustic instruments was matched by his versatility, died April 11 at … Read More “Charnett Moffett […]

Betty Davis obituary

Pioneering funk singer whose uncompromising stance resonated with a new generation of musicians When the singer Betty Davis marched on to the stage at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in London […]