Savoy Records artists

  1. Yusef Lateef, Jazz Legend, Dead at 93

    December 24, 2013 8:09 AM EST Yusef Lateef, a Grammy-winning jazz musician, has died. He was 93. According to the Daily Hampshire Gazette , the multi-instrumentalist and composer died at at his home in Shutesbury, Mass., on Monday (Dec. 23). He had been battling prostrate canc ...

  2. Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Singer, Dead at 84

    September 26, 2012 10:12 AM EDT With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature "Moon River," Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the '60s we usually hear about. "The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you wer ...

  3. Sam Rivers, Jazz Great, Dies at 88

    December 28, 2011 6:10 AM EST Jazz great Sam Rivers died on Monday, the saxophonist's family announced. He was 88. According to the New York Times , pneumonia was the cause of death. Rivers' multi-decade career included stints with Billie Holiday, Dizzy Gillespie and ...

  4. Backbeat: Score to Johnny Depp's 'Rum Diary' Makes Live Debut @ L.A.'s Catalina Bar & Grill

    October 28, 2011 1:06 PM EDT Band of Brothers: Composer Christopher Young, center, is flanked by his agent Vasi Vangelos, left, and Brian McNeils of Lakeshore Entertainment, which released the soundtrack to "The Rum Diary." The band assembled to perform Christopher ...

  5. Delois Barrett Campbell, Gospel Legend of Barrett Sisters, Dies at 85

    August 03, 2011 6:57 AM EDT CHICAGO (AP) - When she sang "Fly Away," Delois Barrett Campbell's voice soared to the church rafters and her joy raised the roof. The gospel legend was the oldest of the three singing Barrett Sisters, who electrified audiences worl ...

  6. Zim Ngqawana, Preeminent South African Jazz Musician, Dead at 52

    May 10, 2011 11:41 AM EDT Zim Ngqawana, widely considered one of South Africa's pre-eminent contemporary jazz composer and performer, has died. The saxophonist and flautist suffered a stroke May 9 and today the 52-year-old was taken off life support at a hospital in J ...

  7. VARIOUS ARTISTS -- "THE SMITHSONIAN ANTHOLOGY"

    April 01, 2011 1:47 PM EDT Created to replace the Smithsonian's out-of-print 1973 jazz overview, a 47-member committee has curated a package that speaks best to academics looking for a compact jazz encyclopedia. The approach is chronological, the canon largely unchan ...

  8. Billy Taylor, Jazz Musician, Dies at 89

    December 29, 2010 12:00 AM EST Billy Taylor, a leading jazz musician and composer who introduced the genre to wider audiences as a TV broadcaster, teacher and booster of new talent, died Tuesday in New York of heart failure, age 89. The Kennedy Center for the performing arts in ...

  9. 'Queen of Gospel' Albertina Walker Dies At Age 81

    October 08, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Albertina Walker's singing once stopped the filming of a movie because so many actors were moved to tears by the "Queen of Gospel." At home in Chicago, she babied her beloved French poodles, wore rhinestone sunglasses and was a fixt ...

  10. Jazz Pianist, Composer Hank Jones Dies At 91

    May 17, 2010 12:00 AM EDT Jazz pianist and composer Hank Jones, whose 70-year career included a stint as Ella Fitzgerald's pianist and Marilyn Monroe's accompanist when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy, has died, his manager said M ...

  11. Gillespie Catalog To Stay With EMI Music Pub

    January 27, 2009 12:00 AM EST EMI Music Publishing has reached a long-term deal to extend its representation of songs from the catalog of legendary American jazz trumpeter and composer Dizzy Gillespie. EMI Music Publishing has represented songs in Gillespie's catalog sinc ...

  12. Boosey & Hawkes Ramps Up Jazz Initiative

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT If you visit the Web site of Boosey & Hawkes, the leading independent publisher of classical music, and scroll just left of the images of Sergei Rachmaninof and Aaron Copland, you'll land on Wynton Marsalis. Should it surprise that the co ...

  13. Jazz Pianist Oscar Peterson Dies

    December 25, 2007 12:00 AM EST Oscar Peterson, whose early talent, speedy fingers and musical genius made him one of the world's best known jazz pianists, has died. He was 82. Peterson died at his home in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga on Sunday, said Oliver Jones, a fa ...

  14. Legendary Jazz Drummer Max Roach Dies At 83

    August 16, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Acclaimed be-bop drummer and composer Max Roach died in his sleep early this morning (Aug. 16) at age 83 in New York, according to a spokesperson from Blue Note Records. The cause of death was not announced. Considered one of the most influential ...

  15. Belgian Jazz Expert Simons Dies

    March 26, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Jazz journalist and radio producer Sim Simons died March 20. Simons, who had suffered from a long-term illness which forced him out of radio work in 1999, was 68. Simons debuted with the Belgian national broadcaster VRT in 1968 with his radio show ...

  16. Jazz Saxophonist Jackie McLean Dead At 73

    April 03, 2006 12:00 AM EDT Played with legends including Miles Davis. Jazz saxophonist Jackie McLean, a performer and teacher who played with legendary musicians including Miles Davis and Sonny Rollins, died Friday. He was 73. McLean, a contemporary of some of the 20th cent ...

  17. Jazz Bassist Al McKibbon Dies At 86

    August 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Performed with greats of bebop era. Al McKibbon, a bassist who brought a masterly fusion of jazz and Latin music to the George Shearing quintet and other groups in the 1940s and '50s, has died. He was 86. One of the last great string bass pla ...

  18. Eli "Lucky" Thompson Dies At 81

    August 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jazz saxophonist worked with bop era greats. Jazz saxophonist worked with bop era greats. News ...

  19. Eli "Lucky" Thompson Dies At 81

    August 05, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Jazz tenor saxophonist played with bop era greats. Eli "Lucky" Thompson, a jazz tenor saxophonist known for his voluptuous tone and command of the instrument and his work with the greats of the bop era, died July 30 of dementia at an ass ...

  20. Trumpeter Benny Bailey Dead At 79

    May 03, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Funeral set for May 10. AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Trumpeter Benny Bailey, who played with Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton before he became a fixture on the European jazz scene, has died in his home in Amsterdam, friends said today (May 3). He wa ...

  21. Koch Forms Catalog Department

    April 11, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Nives, Crowly take new roles. New York-based Koch Records has formed a division that will focus on catalog development and special markets. The department will seek out catalog via acquisitions and licensing agreements. Dave Nives, who will head t ...

  22. Savoy To Shift Distribution To WEA

    February 28, 2005 12:00 AM EST Jazz/classical label currently with RED. The Savoy Label Group, which Billboard.biz estimates has annual U.S. revenues of $10 million, has signed with WEA for distribution in the U.S., according to sources. The deal is said to take effect in May. ...

  23. Jazz Saxophonist Illinois Jacquet Dies

    July 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Jazz tenor sax legend Illinois Jacquet died today (July 22) in New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 81. Jazz tenor sax legend Illinois Jacquet died today (July 22) in New York after suffering a heart attack. He was 81. Born in Broussard ...

  24. Jazz Drummer Elvin Jones Dies

    May 18, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Elvin Jones, arguably the most influential drummer of the modern jazz era, died today (May 18) in Englewood, N.J., reportedly of heart problems. He was 76. Elvin Jones, arguably the most influential drummer of the modern jazz era, died today (May ...

  25. Chief Bey, 91, Jazz Drummer, Is Dead

    April 13, 2004 12:00 AM EDT James Hawthorne Bey, a jazz percussionist and African folklorist who recorded with artists like Art Blakey and Herbie Mann before turning to teaching, died Thursday (April 8) at his home in Brooklyn. James Hawthorne Bey, a jazz percussionist and A ...