‘Grew and Jean, RIP | May 29, 2013

Mulgrew Miller

Mulgrew Miller (Photo credit: bobtravis)

Spend a little time here to get to know the remarkable people we lost this week…

Mulgrew Miller, well-loved pianist, bandleader, composer and educator had a massive stroke on 5/24 and passed away today.   A native of Greenwood Mississippi, the Delta blues and gospel influenced his early playing.  He was in Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers and worked with vocalist Betty Carter and trumpeter Woody Shaw.  Miller’s own trio and his group called Wingspan produced some wonderful recordings from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s.  Here’s more from the world’s greatest video blogger, Bret Primack:

Jean Bach with her pal Bobby Short credit:

Jean Bach with her pal Bobby Short

Jean Bach, a jazz fanatic and radio producer who became a movie producer because of her fascination with the famous 1958  “A Great Day In Harlem” photo by Art Kane.  She took bassist Milt Hinton’s home movie of the photo shoot in Harlem and used it to make the 1994 documentary that won top honors at the Chicago International Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award.   Bach used outtakes from the movie to direct another short film, “The Spitball Story,” exposing for good and all the background of the legendary spitball incident that led to Dizzy Gillespie’s being fired from Cab Calloway’s band in 1941.  She died Monday at age 94, leaving behind an unfinished documentary about saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.


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