In Memoriam

  • Van Alexander

    Dec 20, 16 • 869 Views • In Memoriam

    Van Alexander (né Alexander Van Vliet Feldman, May 2, 1915 – July 19, 2015) was an American bandleader, arranger and composer. Alexander led bands and arranged from high school, and studied composition in college. He landed a job...

  • Don Bagley

    Nov 1, 16 • 1852 Views • In Memoriam

    Donald Neff Bagley American Jazz Bassist 1927 ~ 2012 Donald Neff Bagley was born July 18,1927 in Salt Lake City the youngest son of Lewis Loraine and Laurance Elaine Bagley. He received formal training in double bass also earning degrees from Los Angeles City...

  • Harry Betts

    Oct 1, 16 • 1519 Views • In Memoriam

    Harry Betts (1922 – 2012) Harry Betts (born 15 September 1922) was a jazz composer and trombonist. Born in New York and raised in Fresno, California, he was active as a jazz trombonist and played with Stan Kenton’s orchestra[1] in the 1950s, among...

  • David Blumberg

    Sep 1, 16 • 2195 Views • In Memoriam

    ASMAC Boardmember – arranger/producer/musician David Blumberg left us on Saturday April 17th from complication of cancer. David is survived by his wife, Evelyne Claude Blumberg, his daughter and son-in-law Elodie and Kyle Hara, his...

  • Jon Charles

    Jul 18, 13 • 2814 Views • In Memoriam

    Emmy winning arranger, composer, and orchestrator Jon Charles died on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, in Pasadena, CA, where he had lived for 40 years. He was 70. Jon was past president of the American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers (ASMAC) and served...

  • Ray Charles

    Jul 9, 13 • 814 Views • In Memoriam

      For 35 years Ray Charles was choral director, vocal arranger and “man-of-all music” to Perry Como in television, records and personal appearances. It was Perry Como who christened the choral group on his television program, “The Ray...

  • Harvey Cohen

    Jun 17, 13 • 1362 Views • In Memoriam

    On January 14, 2007 our dear friend Harvey R. Cohen passed away. Harvey was active in film, television, recording and live performance. He received two Emmy Awards for his work on Batman, The Animated Series (Warner Bros.) and Disney’s Aladdin, and was...

  • Ray Colcord

    Jun 17, 13 • 520 Views • In Memoriam

    RAY COLCORD (1949-2016), a former president of the Society of Composers & Lyricists and prolific television composer behind the scores for such shows as 227, The Facts Of Life, and more died February 5 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was...

  • Buddy Collette

    Jun 17, 13 • 1264 Views • In Memoriam

    William Marcel “Buddy” Collette (August 6, 1921 – September 19, 2010) was an American tenor saxophonist, flautist, and clarinetist. He was highly influential in the West coast jazz and West Coast blues mediums, also collaborating with...

  • Jack Feierman

    Jun 16, 13 • 468 Views • In Memoriam

    JACK FEIERMAN (1924-2016), was a premier conductor, composer, arranger and trumpeter. A member of the Steve Spiegl Big Band since the early 70’s, Jack Feierman was one of the premier conductors in the country, having been Musical Conductor for Johnny...