Music producer Alan Douglas, who worked with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Duke Ellington, has died at the age of 82. He passed away at his home in Paris, France on 7 June (14) following a fall, according to his daughter, Kirby Veevers.
Douglas worked on Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers' Three Blind Mice albums and was credited with bringing trumpeter Kenny Dorham into the studio for his 1962 classic, Matador.
He also worked with Ellington on 1962's Money Jungle, which featured bassist Charles Mingus and drummer Max Roach, and was known for his other collaborations with guitarist John McLaughlin and the group the Last Poets.
However, the producer, who later established his own Douglas Records label, is perhaps most closely associated with Hendrix, acquiring the rights to produce the rock icon's previously unreleased tracks four years after his death in 1970.
Douglas is frequently credited with helping to keep his legacy alive, but the posthumous Hendrix work on albums like Crash Landing, Midnight Lightning and Voodoo Soup was not without controversy, with some devotees blasting the producer after it was discovered that he would often bring in new session musicians to dub over Hendrix's original band.
Jazz musician Yusef Lateef has died at the age of 93. The Grammy-winning star passed away at his home in Shutesbury, Massachusetts on Monday (23Dec13), after a battle with prostate cancer, according to the BBC.
Lateef, born William Emanuel Huddleston, was a multi-instrumentalist known for fusing jazz and Eastern music. He also played in bands with Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus.
In 1987, he won a Grammy award for best new age performance for his album, Little Symphony.
The musician is survived by his wife, Ayesha, and son Yusef.
Influential jazz drummer and composer Chico Hamilton has died, aged 92. The musician, who counted Charles Mingus and Dexter Gordon as high school classmates, performed with Duke Ellington and Count Basie before launching his own band in the mid-1950s.
He died in New York on Monday (25Nov13).
A note on his Facebook.com page reads: "We're saddened by his passing but are grateful and blessed for the grand musical legacy he left with us."
Hamilton also performed with jazz greats Lester Young and Lionel Hamilton and singers Lena Horne, Nat 'King' Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Billie Holiday.
He enjoyed a brief film career as well and appeared alongside Fred Astaire in the 1941 film You'll Never Get Rich.
The drummer released over 60 albums and was one of the co-founders of the New School University Jazz & Contemporary Music Program in New York City.
Hamilton never stopped playing jazz and released three albums in 2011, according to Billboard.com. A final album with his Euphoria ensemble will be released in 2014.
Jazz drummer Ed Shaughnessy has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 84. He passed away at his home in California on Friday (24May13), according to the Los Angeles Times.
Perhaps best known for his nearly three-decade long stint as a performer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Shaughnessy was born in New Jersey and began practising drums when he was 14.
The star went on to play in jazz groups with the likes of Billie Holiday and Horace Silver, before going on to work with Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and composer Charles Mingus.
He was also hired to perform with Doc Severinsen's The Tonight Show Band and he played with them until 1992, when U.S. comedian Jay Leno took over as host.
Shaughnessy later taught private lessons and conducted more than 500 clinics at high schools and colleges. He was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2004.
The star married Ilene Woods, the voice of Cinderella in the 1950 Disney classic, in 1963 and they stayed together until her death in 2010. They had two sons, James and Daniel.