Chick Corea, the virtuosic keyboardist who broadened the scope of jazz during a career spanning more than five decades, died on Tuesday from a rare form of cancer. A post on his Facebook page confirmed the news. Corea was 79.
“Throughout his life and career, Chick relished in the freedom and the fun to be had in creating something new, and in playing the games that artists do,” his family wrote in a statement. “Through his body of work and the decades he spent touring the world, he touched and inspired the lives of millions.” Continue reading “Chick Corea, Jazz Pianist Who Expanded the Possibilities of the Genre, Dead at 79”
Leslie West, the towering guitarist who created the hard-rock milestone “Mississippi Queen” with his band Mountain, died Wednesday morning. West’s brother, Larry West Weinstein, confirmed the musician’s death to Rolling Stone. He was 75. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. On Monday, West was rushed to a hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at his home near Daytona, Florida, where he never regained consciousness. Continue reading “Leslie West, Mountain Guitarist Who Belted Out ‘Mississippi Queen,’ Dead at 75”
This year I am not sending Christmas cards. Instead I have played Ave Maria on my flute and recorded it just for you! Sit back and enjoy. Merry Christmas.