In Memoriam|

Neal Thompson, Local Bassist, Dies: From Chuck Hughes on Fb, 03/06/15: Neal Thompson, first bassist with Chucky and the Cyclones, and later with Captain and the Red Hot Flames, passed last week. Neil, 62, died in his sleep. (No other information was available)

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Lewis Michael Soloff (February 20, 1944 – March 8, 2015) was an American jazz trumpeter, composer and actor. From New York City, he studied trumpet at the Eastman School of Music and the Juilliard School. He worked with Blood, Sweat & Tears from 1968 until 1973. Prior to this, he worked with Machito, Gil Evans, Tony Scott, Maynard Ferguson and Tito Puente.

He was also a longtime member of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet and Mingus Big Band.

In the 1980s he was a member of Members Only, a jazz ensemble who recorded for Muse Records.

Soloff made frequent guest appearances with jazz orchestras all over the world such as the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra (directed by Wynton Marsalis) and the Magic City Jazz Orchestra (directed by Ray Reach).

Soloff died in 2015 after suffering an apparent heart attack in New York City.


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Other Notable Musicians’ Deaths…

March 2015

11: Billy Block, 59, American roots musician, metastatic melanoma.

9: Wayne Kemp, 73, American country music singer and songwriter.

8: Inezita Barroso, 90, Brazilian folk singer; Lew Soloff, 71, American jazz trumpeter (Blood, Sweat & Tears), heart attack.

5: Vlada Divljan, 56, Serbian musician (Idoli); Jim McCann, 70, Irish musician (The Dubliners).

From http://www.wikipedia.com

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