In Memoriam|

From Ben Mackinen: Ron D’Ascenz, a most elegant and lyrical Colorado jazz trumpet player passed away last week. I met Ron 30 years ago playing together in the Sam Bivens Big Band (the original Denver Jazz Orchestra). Ron could bring me to tears with his rendition of Darn That Dream… I love you Ron and will miss you. Safe Travels.

Ronald C. D’Ascenz passed away September 16, 2017. He is survived by many loving family members and friends. Ron was born May 4, 1929. He was preceded in death by his brother David as well as his parents. Ron was 88 years young. Ron lived in Lakewood, Colorado.

A Visitation was held Tuesday, September 26th and the Rosary immediately followed. A Funeral Mass was held Wednesday, September 27th at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church, 4200 Federal Boulevard, Denver. Interment followed at Mount Olivet Cemetery.


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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths… September 2017

27: Hiromi Hayakawa, 34, Japanese-born Mexican actress and singer, complications during pregnancy; Zuzana Ružicková, 90, Czech harpsichordist.

26: Barry Dennen, 79, American actor (Jesus Christ Superstar, The Shining, Fiddler on the Roof), complications from a fall.

25: Folke Rabe, 81, Swedish composer.

24: Washington Benavides, 87, Uruguayan poet, professor and musician.

23: Charles Bradley, 68, American singer (“Changes”), stomach cancer; Seth Firkins, 36, American audio engineer (Future, Jay-Z, Young Thug); Caesar Giovannini, 92, American composer and pianist; Tsisana Tatishvili (ka), 79, Georgian opera singer, People’s Artist of the USSR.

22: Eric Eycke, 62, American singer (Corrosion of Conformity); Rick Shaw, 78, American radio disc jockey (WQAM, WAXY, WMXJ); Ammon Tharp, 75, American drummer and singer (Bill Deal and the Rhondels).

21: Cees Bergman, 65, Dutch singer (Catapult) and music producer; Johnny Burke, 77, Canadian country singer; Guy Villari, 75, American singer (The Regents).

19: Johnny Sandlin, 72, American record producer (The Allman Brothers Band), cancer.


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