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

Lena Horne

May 10th, 2010 | | In Memoriam


Guru, the producer and MC best known for his work with the seminal hip-hop duo Gang Starr, died of cancer…

April 20th, 2010 | | In Memoriam

Steve Reid

“After graduating out of college, I decided to take a trip,” drummer Steve Reid told Wax Poetics writer Paul Sullivan…

April 14th, 2010 | | In Memoriam