In Memoriam

David Bowie illustration by Andrew Spear.

So long, David Bowie

  So long, David Bowie! Since the dawn of the Space Age, several cosmic souls have too briefly graced our…

February 4th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
Natalie Cole promo photo

Remembering R&B legend Natalie Cole

On December 31, 2015, a statuesque songbird flew away from her perch to the heavens above. Natalie Maria Cole was…

January 6th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
Bruce Lundvall

A farewell to Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall, Sept. 13, 1935–May 19, 2015

Bruce Lundvall’s passing was a sad occasion and a great loss to jazz and the music community as a whole….

June 26th, 2015 | | In Memoriam
Frankie Knuckles

Frankie Knuckles, dead at 59

By 1977, Knuckles had left New York to run Chicago…

April 1st, 2014 | | In Memoriam

George Duke

As a world wide web of George Duke fans have taken to the Internet today to fellowship and favorite, I keep coming back to this video…

August 6th, 2013 | | In Memoriam

Wax Poetics Presents

Bobby “Blue” Bland, soul and blues pioneer, died at age eighty-three on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in his home outside of Memphis, Tennessee.

June 24th, 2013 | | In Memoriam/Playlists
The Doors - L.A. Woman

Ray Manzarek

Ray Manzarek, founding member of the Doors, has passed away at age seventy-four on May 20, 2013.

May 20th, 2013 | | In Memoriam
illustration by Overton Lloyd via Instagram

Cordell “Boogie” Mosson

P-Funk bassist Cordell “Boogie” Mosson passed away on April 18, 2013, at the age of sixty.

April 30th, 2013 | | In Memoriam

10 tracks that session guitarist Hugh McCracken graced

In honor of one of R&B, jazz, and rock’s most prolific session guitarists, Wax Poetics looks at ten tracks graced by the great Hugh McCracken.

April 2nd, 2013 | | In Memoriam/Record Rundown
Beastie Boys

Adam Yauch (MCA), 1964–2012

I can still vividly remember my first rap show. It was the spring winter of 1986 1987, and the Beastie Boys were…

May 4th, 2012 | | In Memoriam

Andre Lewis

Techno-funk pioneer Andre Lewis—bandleader of Maxayn, mastermind of Mandré, and an unsung music-technology innovator—took his final “Solar Flight” on January 31, 2012, passing away in Shreveport, Louisiana.

February 26th, 2012 | | In Memoriam
Harry Whitaker

Harry Whitaker

Reprinted from Wax Poetics Issue 3, Fall 2002: “Man, patience is a virtue!” Harry Whitaker is reflecting on the long-awaited…

November 18th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
S. Neil Fujita

S. Neil Fujita

Graphic designer S. Neil Fujita died from complications of a stroke on October 23. He was eighty-nine. Fujita worked at…

October 29th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs

Reggae superstar Gregory Isaacs, who was just featured on the cover of our Reggae Issue, has passed away at his…

October 25th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Marion Brown

Marion Brown

Alto saxophone great Marion Brown died in Hollywood, Florida, on October 18. He was seventy-nine. Brown played on John Coltrane’s…

October 21st, 2010 | | In Memoriam
General Johnson

General Johnson

General Johnson, lead singer for Chairmen of the Board, died on October 13 due to complications of lung cancer. He…

October 19th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Rodger "Uncle Jamm" Clayton

Rodger “Uncle Jamm” Clayton

Legendary West Coast hip-hop promoter Rodger “Uncle Jamm” Clayton died of a heart attack on October 10. Clayton brought Uncle…

October 19th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Solomon Burke

Solomon Burke

Out of Solomon Burke’s seventy years, I only knew him for the duration of a forty-minute phone call. But, they…

October 19th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Buddy Collette

Buddy Collette

Los Angeles jazz legend Buddy Collette (sax, flute, clarinet) left for that great gig in the sky on September 19….

September 24th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Phelps "Catfish" Collins

Phelps “Catfish” Collins

We’ve lost another one of the great ones, folks. Cincinnati guitarist Phelps “Catfish” Collins, of James Brown and P-Funk fame,…

August 12th, 2010 | | In Memoriam
Bobby Paunetto

Bobby Paunetto

Just a couple months after we finished working on the reissue of his funky Latin jazz masterpiece, Bobby Vince Paunetto…

August 11th, 2010 | | In Memoriam

Melvin Bliss

Over the years, I’ve met many older, bitter singers and musicians who have had their work sampled throughout the world,…

July 27th, 2010 | | In Memoriam


June 30th, 2010 | | In Memoriam