In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Willie Thomas photo courtesy of Wendy Thomas. Willie Thomas Willie Thomas, internationally recognized jazz artist, educator and preacher of the gospel of bebop, died in his cabin, surrounded by family on Orcas Island February 16, three days after his birthday. He was...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Samia Panni: A Tribute Samia Panni by Jeannie Bumgarner-Black By Jovino Santos Neto With the passing of the beloved radio DJ, singer, percussionist, and Brazilian music scholar Samia Panni on December 2, the Seattle music community lost one of its most important...
In Memoriam

In Memoriam

Ronnie Pierce: 1928–2018 Seattle jazz musician Ronnie Pierce passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 28, surrounded by family and friends. In his career spanning more than seven decades, the beloved reedsman played with icons including Billie Holiday, Ray Charles,...
In Memoriam: Bud Young and Ken Pickering

In Memoriam: Bud Young and Ken Pickering

Bud Young standing with James Rasmussen. Photo by Daniel Sheehan. Bud Young: A “Great Booster” of Seattle Jazz Bud Young, one of the most recognized figures in Seattle jazz of the last 35 years, has died. In July 1982, after retiring from Montgomery Ward & Co. in...
In Memoriam: David Marriott, Sr.

In Memoriam: David Marriott, Sr.

The Seattle jazz community is mourning the loss of David Marriott, Sr., who passed away on April 30. The father of trumpeter Thomas Marriott and his brother, trombonist David Marriott, Jr., along with daughter Rebecca Marriott, David Sr. was a strong civic presence in...