Än tråkigare är att Dwayne Burno har gått bort.
The superb bassist Dwayne Burno, a preferred accompanist for such leaders as Freddie Hubbard, David Weiss, Myron Walden and Jeremy Pelt, has died. The Brooklyn-based Burno, just 44, had disclosed serious health issues in his Facebook posts.
Dwayne struggled with his health in recent years. He had issues with his kidneys but what did him in was his heart. Dwayne spent the last two weeks in the hospital with pneumonia. Amazingly, he played at Smalls with Peter Bernstein’s group on Wednesday and Thursday of this week – right after being released, he wouldn’t think about missing the gig. Peter invited me to sit in with the group for the last tune of the night on Thursday and the feel of the band was incredible. With Billy Drummond and Steve Nelson, this was a mature band. It was swinging hard. As I comped from the piano, I looked at him and saw Dwayne’s familiar face and smile – he knew it felt good. Nobody could lay down a groove like Dwayne Burno. After the show on Thursday, we sat together outside of the club and talked about his health. He mentioned his concerns about his heart. There’s no way I could have know that it would be the last time I would ever see him. Stunning.
Även Jimmy Amadie som är en lärarlegend bland generationen musiker runt 40 år i USA har lämnat oss.
Philadelphia born Jimmy Amadie is a veteran jazz pianist, called "a serious keyboard talent" by Billboard Magazine and one of "America's leading jazz educators" by Jazz Forum Magazine. While Amadie's skill and musicianship have been compared to Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones, his determination to overcome devastating obstacles has equally inspired.
Jimmy Amadie is known today as a musician and music educator, but his first love was competitive sports. Jimmy was a good athlete and participated in the citywide Sand Lot Sports League playing baseball, the Pop Warner Conference for football, and learned to box at Lighthouse Boys Club. Sports related injuries prevented Amadie from further competition. He then devoted all of his time to music.
Amadie studied classical piano at the Brahms Conservatory of Music. He came to jazz piano in his early twenties when he toured with The Woody Herman Band, accompanied Mel Torme, and played with legends like Red Rodney, Charley Ventura, and Coleman Hawkins. He was the leader of the house trio at the famous Red Hill Inn in Pennsauken, NJ for three years and later brought his trio to New York's Copacabana.
During these years, playing up to 70 hours a week, Amadie's hands developed a severe form of tendonitis. His condition was so extreme that he could not play for over thirty years. This resulted in the loss of his livelihood as a performer. He then turned to writing. He authored two textbooks, "Harmonic Foundation for Jazz and Popular Music" (1981) and "Jazz Improv: How to Play It and Teach It" (1990). Amadie's books are widely utilized and sections have been translated into Italian, French, German, and Japanese.
Remarkably, after seven bouts of reconstructive surgery, physical therapy, and sheer perseverance, Amadie returned to the piano. His first album, "Always With Me," (1994) was recorded a few minutes at a time, separated by long periods of rest. Jimmy continues to record on a regular basis and his efforts have produced seven albums for which he arranged all of the music and composed many originals.
Over time, he has improved his endurance and now can complete an album in just two sessions. Amadie's recent recordings include, "Let's Groove" featuring Phil Woods, and "The Philadelphia Story" featuring Benny Golson, Randy Brecker, and Lew Tabackin. His new 2010 release, "Kindred Spirits", features Lee Konitz, Joe Lovano and Lew Tabackin.
Amadie is a master teacher. He has taught students at all levels: high school, college and professional musicians as well as private students in his studio. In addition, he taught at the summer programs for teachers at both Berklee College of Music and Villanova University for a combined twenty-nine years. He has conducted courses and workshops at both state and national conferences throughout the country, including the International Association of Jazz Educators and the National Music Educators Association.
Jimmy has been profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's Weekend Edition with Scott Simon and the Philadelphia Inquirer as well as Jazz Times and Down Beat magazines and Jazz Forum, Europe's leading jazz magazine. He co-authored compositions with Steve Allen and was a composer/conductor for National Football League Films Scores.
Currently, Jimmy is teaching, playing, and working on a trio album featuring Tony Marino on bass, and Bill Goodwin on drums. He is happily married to Lucille, his wife of forty-five years, who has enabled him to accomplish his life's work. His success would not have been possible without her many sacrifices.