In Memoriam

In Memoriam

William O. “Bill” Smith William “Bill” Smith photo by Virginia Paquette Smith. Bill Smith, a distinguished clarinetist and composer in both jazz and new music, died on February 29 from complications of prostate cancer. He was 93. Bill made so...
In Memoriam: Walt Tianen

In Memoriam: Walt Tianen

Seattle trumpet player Walt Tianen, who died January 4 at the age of 91, enjoyed a long and lively career that took him across several continents as well as through many of the high points of Seattle jazz history. That included the late-‘40s Jackson Street scene; the...
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,...