Here is part three of our chronological listing of jazz-related COVID-19 deaths from the novel coronavirus, updated as we receive them. Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember their musical legacies.
- Vibraphonist Ian Finkel died November 16 in Manhattan after a protracted battle with COVID-19. He was 72. Finkel dubbed himself “the world’s greatest xylophonist.” He was also a composer, arranger, musical director and author.
- Guitarist and educator Bobby Cairns died November 21 in Edmonton, Canada. He was 78. He started playing professionally at age 15 with pianist Tommy Banks. Cairns headed the guitar program at Grant MacEwan College for 38 years. He retired in 2008.