Stevie Nicks, Joe Walsh, Members of Def Leppard Honor Late Manager Howard Kaufman
A reception for the industry veteran drew a rock star-worthy crowd.
A reception for veteran music manager Howard Kaufman, who died unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Jan. 19, drew a rock star-worthy crowd to Los Angeles' Hillcrest Country Club on Jan. 25.
Among the musicians to pay their respects were longtime clients Stevie Nicks, members of Def Leppard (Joe Elliott, Rick Savage) and Aerosmith (Steven Tyler) along with Fleetwood Mac's Mick Fleetwood, The Eagles' Joe Walsh and Poison's Bret Michaels.
Many industry heavy-hitters were also in attendance, including Irving Azoff and his wife Shelli; CAA head of music Rob Light and agent Mitch Rose; Michael Jackson estate co-executor John Branca; Maverick Management's Larry Rudolph (Britney Spears); Songwriter Diane Warren; Hertz Lichtenstein & Young attorney Jamie Young; former Capitol chief executives Andy Slater and Phil Quartararo; Universal Music Enterprises CEO Bruce Resnikoff; PR veterans Mitch Schneider and Marcee Rondon of MSO, and Liz Rosenberg, longtime rep for Kaufman clients Nicks and Chris Isaak, the latter of whom told the Los Angeles Times that Kaufman was “the Fred Astaire of management."
A graduate of UCLA , Kaufman started out in management working with Chicago while the group was still in its nascent stage. He went on to form Front Line Management with Azoff in 1974. Later, he launched HK Management where he represented and advised the likes of Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Jimmy Buffett.
Kaufman is survived by his wife, Caroline; son, Brett; daughters Brooke Halsband and Elle Cameron-Kaufman; and three grandchildren.