Saturday, December 27, 2014

Buddy DeFranco on JazzWax

One of the finest jazz blogs out there, Marc Myers has posted a brief overview of Buddy DeFranco's career on JazzWax, along with links to his many interviews with the late clarinet giant.

Myers's work makes his blog one of the finest compendiums of thought on Buddy's importance and contribution to jazz history. I'm personally grateful for his work, and highly recommend others check it out.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

R.I.P. Buddy DeFranco

The Chicago Tribune has reported that one of the greatest of jazz clarinetists, Buddy DeFranco, passed away at age 91 last night on Christmas Eve.

Buddy was a virtuoso whose dazzling skills brought the clarinet decisively into the bop era, and whose consistent excellence over the decades had few parallels or equals in the world of jazz.

According to the article, DeFranco had not performed in the past two years, and there will be a celebration of his career sometime next year. May he rest in peace, and may his loved ones be comforted this Christmas season.