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Roy Hargrove
Marek Lazarski / Jazz Times

Roy Hargrove, the brilliant, Texas-born trumpeter, died on Friday, November 2, at age 49 from cardiac arrest following his hospitalization in New Jersey for kidney disease. Roy was one of the most dynamic and engaging jazzmen of his generation, and the torrent of tributes and messages of grief expressed on social media since his death confirm that he was much beloved. The dozens of appearances he made as a sideman with both famous and lesser-known figures underscores how highly respected he was from the moment he hit the scene in 1988.

Barber of Seville
Liza Voll Photography / Boston Lyric Opera

In the more than 200 years since its second performance, Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) has been one of the most popular of all operas. The first performance was a fiasco, which we'll get to later. 

Lenny Bruce
The Telegraph

Too much! Amazing and sweet! Lenny Bruce on jazz and modern art, with Cannonball Adderley, Bill Evans, Teddy Kotick, and Philly Joe Jones playing Charlie Parker's "Au Privave," and Lenny and Philly Joe jiving on Bela Lugosi.

Clifford Jordan
Rick McGinniss / http://someoldpicturesitook.blogspot.com/

I'm dusting off Clifford Jordan's Repetition for my feature in tonight's Jazz à la Mode. It brought a warmth to my heart when it was released in 1984-- the year I began hosting the show-- for by then I'd been savoring the memory of having seen Jordan and pianist Barry Harris, with bassist Vishnu Wood and drummer Clifford Jarvis, at Hampshire College six years earlier. Their Monday evening concert took place during a period in which I saw an astonishing amount of live music, mostly jazz, that ranged from mainstream to post-hard bop to avant-garde.

Randy Weston
Chuck Stewart / Mosaic Records

Randy Weston, who died on September 1 at 92, was one of my early favorites among jazz pianists. Like his “biggest influence,” Thelonious Monk, as well as Herbie Nichols, Cecil Taylor, and Abdullah Ibrahim, Randy had a powerful touch that reflected the influence of Duke Ellington. (Ellington was sufficiently impressed with Weston's playing to produce Randy's album Berkshire Blues, in 1965.) In Weston's case, early influences also included pianists Count Basie, Art Tatum and Nat "King" Cole, and the arpeggiated improvising style of Coleman Hawkins.

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