Friday, January 7, 2022

2022 - Jazz musicians felled by coronavirus, Chapter 6 (updated 1-25-22)

Here is the latest update to our running, chronological list of jazz-related jazz-related COVID-19 deaths, updated as we receive them.  

This segment begins with deaths in 2022. Chapter 5 covers the second half of 2021 and Chapter 4 lists deaths in the first half of the 2021, a combined 57 known losses. Chapters one, two and three contain 2020's 64 known losses. 

Our profound sympathies to their families, friends and fans as we remember the musical legacies they have given us.

  • Barcelona guitarist and educator Joan Vinyals died January 4, 2022. He was 63. Vinyals was a versatile genre-crossing player, combining rock, blues, jazz and Latin touches into his sound and also working with ease in each of those formats. He was a driving force at the Catalan Academy of Music. He was a former director of Barcelona's Association of Jazz Musicians and Modern Music of Catalonia.
  • Bassist Paul Warburton died January 5 at age 79. Warburton started playing professionally at 17, working with house bands in and around his Denver hometown, and later backing jazz headliners visiting Colorado. In 1964, at just 23, he spent a month in pianist Bill Evans' unrecorded trio with Philly Jo Jones on drums at The Jazz Workshop in San Francisco. During his long career, Warburton was also a sideman in bands led by Stan Getz, Pharoah Sanders and Cal Tjader. Warburton and guitarist Dale Bruning performed as a duo in Denver for a decade, releasing an album, Our Delight on the Capri label in 1987. Warburton's 1997 solo album, Speak Low (Electric Kingdom/Synergy Distribution), featured his all-star quartet of Denver players, with trumpeter Ron Miles, pianist Eric Gunnison and drummer Nat Yarbrough.  
  • Indian tabla player Badal Roy died January 18 in Wilmington, Delaware. He was 82. Roy's drumming graced recordings by prominent musicians in jazz, rock, fusion and world music. He first came to prominence in the early 1970s with English guitarist John McLaughlin and trumpeter Miles Davis. He was a member of Ornette Coleman’s electric band, Prime Time, for more than a decade.
  • Philadelphia-based saxophonist Wendell Hobbs died January 19. He was 68. The composer, arranger, bandleader and educator led The Masters of Jazz Orchestra. He toured with the Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey and Artie Shaw orchestras during his 50-year career. 
  • Greek drummer, percussionist and educator Christos Yermenoglou died January 22. He was 51. He founded and taught in the Baby Artist: Program for the Musical Development of Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers, which has operated in Thessaloniki since 2001, as well as other education programs. This free jazz player collaborated with symphony orchestras and jazz musicians from around the globe.

Here are links to the chronology: Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5.

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