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  • Rockstar Death Notices - May 2020

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    Brice "Lee" Gates
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    Emorrie Koichi Jenkins - D. 3-13-2020 - 57 - Milwaukee artist - D. Texas - bassist for the American Bombs and Belladonna.

    Bucky Pizzarelli - D. 4/1/2020 - 94 - Covid-19 - American jazz guitarist.

    Adam Schlesinger - D. 4/1/2020 - 52 - Covid-19 - singer and songwriter for Fountains of Wayne and Emmy-winning songwriter for TV’s “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”.

    Ellis Marsalis Jr. - D. 4/1/2020 - 85 - Covid-19 - Jazz piano legend, teacher and patriarch of one of New Orleans’ great musical families.

    Harold Rubin - D. 4-1-2020 - 87 - South African-born Israeli jazz clarinettist.

    Cristina Monet-Zilkha “Cristina” - D. 4/1/2020 - 61 - Covid-19 - new-wave pop singer.

    Guus Smeets - D. 4-2-2020 - 71 - Covid-19 - Dutch singer for Ezzebleef.

    Nirmal Singh Khalsa - D. 4-2-2020 - 67 - Covid-19 - Former Hazoori Ragi of the Golden Temple.

    Tweedy Bird Loc - D. 4-3-2020 - 52 - American rapper.

    Vaughan Mason - D. 4-3-2020 - 69 - American music producer and songwriter for Vaughan Mason & Crew - penned the definitive roller disco hit, “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll,” in 1979 after reading a Wall Street Journal article on the skate craze.

    Patrick Gibson - D. 4-4-2020 - Covid-19 - vocalist and drummer for the group Gibson Brothers.

    Alex Harvey - D. 4-4-2020 - 73 - American singer-songwriter - hits included Tanya Tucker’s “Delta Dawn” and Kenny Rogers & The First Edition’s “Reuben James”.

    Luis Eduardo Aute - D. 4-4-2020 -  76 - Madrid - Spanish singer, songwriter, actor.

    Timmy Brown - D. 4-4-2020 - 82 - dementia - American singer, actor, and football player (Philadelphia Eagles).

    DJ Miller - D. 4-5-2020 - 29 - stroke - Rwandan DJ and musician.

    Black the Ripper (Dean West) - D. 4-6-2020 - 32 - British MC and rapper.

    Hal Wilner - D. 4-6-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 -  American music producer (Saturday Night Live, Stay Awake).

    M. K. Arjunan - D. 4-6-2020 - 84 - Indian composer.

    Alexander Datsyuk - D. 4-7-2020 - 56 - murdered (homeless person stabbed Datsyuk with two penetrating wounds with a knife in the area of the heart) - Ukrainian singer and guitarist for Lesyk Band.

    Steve Farmer - D. 4-7-2020 - 71 - Redford, MI - American songwriter, composer, and lyricist - and musician for The Amboy Dukes - best known for his composition with Ted Nugent in 1968 “Journey to the Center of the Mind”, performed by their group the Amboy Dukes.

    Eddy Davis - D. 4-7-2020 - 80 - Covid-19 - a banjoist and bandleader who enjoyed a sprawling career in traditional jazz, most visibly through a decades-long association with Woody Allen.

    Nathaniel Valentine - D. 4-7-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - Richmond gospel singer and well-known choir member at New Life Deliverance Tabernacle.

    Xudeydi - D. 4-7-2020 - 91 - Covid-19 - London - Somali musician Ahmed Ismail Hussein (Xudeydi/Hudeydi) known as “King of Oud” - one of the founding fathers of contemporary Somali music.

    John Prine - D. 4-7-2020 - 73 - Covid-19 -  American country folk singer-songwriter.

    Glenn Fredly - D. 4-8-2020 - 44 - meningitis - Indonesian singer.

    Chynna Rogers - D. 4-8-2020 - 25 - Philadelphia - drug overdose - American rap artist.

    Andrzej Adamiak - D. 4-8-2020 - 60 - Polish bass guitarist, singer and songwriter for Rezerwat.

    Marc Engels - D. 4-9-2020 - 54 - Covid-19 -  Belgian sound engineer and Le Bureau des légendes.

    Dmitri Smirnov - D. 4-9-2020 - 71 - Covid-19 - London -Russian-born British a Russian composer, poet, translator.

    Brian Sajnog - D. 4-9-2020 - 53 - cancer - singer for Milwaukee punk band NRK.

    Richard Teitelbaum - D. 4-9-2020 - 80 - stroke - electronic artist, keyboardist and composer who combined an interest in non-western musical languages with a focus on experimental practice.

    Andy González - D. 4-9-2020 - 69 - complications from pre-existing illness - NYC - American jazz and Latin dance bassist.

    Shanti Hiranand - D, 4-10-2020 - 87 - Hindustani classical singer and Padma Shri awardee -  trained in thumri, Dadra and ghazal singing by Begum Akhtar.

    Big George Brock - D, 4-10-2020 - 87 - extended illness - St. Louis - one of the last of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen.

    Jymie Merritt - D. 4-10-2020 - 93 - liver cancer - American jazz bassist for Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers.

    David Bolyard - D. 4-10-2020 - Milwaukee - percussionist and vocalist of Tritonics, Flat Rabbit.

    Lucie Dolène - D. 4-10-2020 - 88 - French actress and singer.

    Liu Dehai - D. 4-11-2020 - 82 - Chinese pipa player.

    Kishen Bholasing - D. 4-12-2020 - 35 - Covid-19 - Amsterdam - Surinamese singer and percussionist.

    Maurice Barrier - D. 4-12-2020 - 87 - Covid-19 - French actor and singer.

    Louis van Dijk - D. 4-12-2020 - 78 - Alzheimer’s disease - Dutch pianist for Order of the Netherlands Lion.

    Moraes Moreira - D. 4-13-2020 - 72 - heart attack - Brazilian guitarist and singer for Novos Baianos.

    Ryo Kawasaki - D. 4-13-2020 - 73 - a Japanese fusion guitarist, composer and programmer, sound director, producer and record company owner.

    Jimmy Webb - D. 4-14-2020 - 62 - cancer - beloved New York fashion icon who styled the rock & roll world at famed store Trash and Vaudeville.

    Kerstin Meyer - D. 4-14-2020 - 92 - Swedish mezzo-soprano.

    Zanele Maseko - D. 4-14-2020 - South African singer for Mina Nawe.

    Brice “Lee” Gates - D. 4-15-2020 - 82 - died in sleep - Milwaukee - American blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter - cousin of Albert Collins - released three albums on the Music Maker label.

    Leon Konitz - D. 4-15-2020 - 92 - Covid-19 - American composer and alto saxophonist. He performed successfully in a wide range of jazz styles, including bebop, cool jazz, and avant-garde jazz.

    Christophe - D. 4-16-2020 - 74 - Covid-19 - French singer.

    Henry Grimes - D. 4-15-200 - 84 - Covid-19 - American jazz double bassist, violinist, and poet - after more than a decade of activity and performance, notably as a leading bassist in free jazz, Grimes completely disappeared from the music scene by 1970.

    Matthew Seligman - D.4-17-2020 - 64 - Covid-19 - English bass guitarist -  member of The Soft Boys, Thompson Twins, Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club, The Dolphin Brothers and was a sideman for Thomas Dolby - backed David Bowie at his performance at Live Aid in 1985.

    Giuseppi Logan - D. 4-17-2020 - 84 - Covid-19 - NYC - was a jazz musician, originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who taught himself to play piano and drums before switching to reeds at the age of 12. At the age of 15 he began playing with Earl Bostic and later studied at the New England Conservatory.

    Alexander Vustin - D. 4-19-2020 - 76 - bilateral pneumonia - Moscow - One of the largest contemporary Russian composers.

    Horacio Fontova - D. 4-20-2020 - 73 - cancer - Argentine singer, actor.

    Derek Jones - D. 4-21-2020 - 35 - heart attack - guitarist for Falling In Reverse.

    Jacques Pellen - D. 4-21-2020 - 63 - Covid-19 - France - French jazz guitarist.

    Marcos Mundstock - D. 4-22-2020 - 77 - brain tumor - Buenos Aires - Argentine musician, actor for Les Luthiers - creator of puns in the Spanish language.

    Enrique Castellón Vargas - D. 4-22-2020 - 88 - Covid-19 - El Príncipe Gitano (“The Gypsy Prince”) was a Spanish flamenco singer, actor and dancer.

    Bootsie Barnes (Robert Barnes) - D. 4-22-2020 - 82 - Covid-19 - Philadelphia - American jazz saxophonist - widely respected tenor saxophone player whose hard-driving sound and restless creative spirit become synonymous with Philadelphia jazz over a six-decade career

    Fred the Godson (Frederick Thomas) - D. 4-23-2020 - 35 - Covid-19 - NYC - American DJ and rapper.

    Kamit Sanbayev - D. 4-23-2020 - 78 - Kazakh singer (Dos Mukasan).

    Andy Ayunir - D. 4-23-2020 - 53 - Indonesian composer.

    Mike Huckaby - D. 4-24-2020 - American deep house and trance deejay.

    Harold Reid - D. 4-24-2020 - 80 - kidney failure - American Country bass singer for the Grammy-winning country group the Statler Brothers.

    Hamilton Bohannon - D. 4-24-2020 - 78 - American percussionist, songwriter and record producer.

    Vytautas Barkauskas - D. 4-25-2020 - 89 - Lithuanian composer and was a Professor of Composition of the Lithuanian Academy of Music, where he taught since 1961.

    Alan Abel - D. 4-25-2020 - 91 - Covid-19 - American percussionist, music educator, and inventor of musical instruments - Associate Principal Percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1959 until his retirement in 1997.

    Ray Repp - D. 4-26-2020 - 77 - lymphoma - metastatic melanoma - American singer-songwriter - considered “the father of the guitar mass”.

    Big Al Carson - D. 4-26-2020 - 66 - heart attack - New Orleans blues singer.

    Troy Sneed - D. 4-27-2020 (announced) - 52 - Covid-19 - Florida - American gospel singer.

    Phil Broadhurst - D. 4-27-2020 - 70 - New Zealand Jazz musician.