Musicians in Memoriam 2017

Source: John Corbett.

This past year saw an uncommonly large number of losses in the jazz and creative music communities. Perhaps it’s a generational moment, the point at which we experience the dreaded undertow of the inevitable, the diminishment of the ranks of the elders. Of course, the culling had started earlier, and we are fortunate still now to have such major figures as Sonny Rollins, George Freeman, Cecil Taylor, Milford Graves, and Pharoah Sanders in our midst. But we thought it was time to reflect on some of the musical passings of the previous twelve months, to celebrate and mourn, to tell a few stories, and to count the blessings bestowed upon us by these great musicians – the concerts we saw, the recordings they left behind, and their enduring inspiration.