40 Great Jazz Musicians that Didn’t Live Past 45 Years Old

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Most Jazz musicians play well into they’re senior years, playing across many clubs in each country, having a million and one stories to share with their kin. We have lost many legendary artists in the last 10 years, and there are many Jazz greats that are still alive today.

This is a list dedicated to Jazz greats that were lost well before they should have been; In many unfortunate cases during their prime, and in even more unfortunate instances, before their prime. Although these women and men lived abbreviated lives, all of these artists have left behind an individual legacy, and they will be for ever remembered as members of the Jazz Community.

If we missed anyone, or if there are any honorable mentions, please let it be heard in the comments. Thanks!

(information provided by wikipedia)


Someone that we missed in our post:

Eddie Lang (1902 – 1933) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Lang

posted by Haylow on 05.29.11 at 11:14 pm

didn’t think i saw Grant Green’s picture. 1935-1979.

posted by Danyo on 06.04.11 at 1:05 pm

@Danyo You’re right! Terrible omission on my part. He passed way too soon. Thanks! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grant_Green

posted by Haylow on 06.05.11 at 10:07 pm

Where’s Jaco Pastorious on this list? He died before the age 45, and he definitely helped changed the face of electric bass in Jazz!

posted by Marcus P. BoisAubin on 06.05.11 at 8:00 pm

@Marcus Check again! Jaco is on the list. and you’re right, he definitely was a trail blazer.

posted by Haylow on 06.05.11 at 10:08 pm

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