Living Legends of Jazz | Ralph A. Miriello

July 1, 2014 4:47 PM

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Living Legends of Jazz | Ralph A. Miriello

Once again Notes on Jazz is proud to carry on its tradition of compiling and publishing the annual "Fourth of July Living Legend of Jazz" feature. This is the fifth such compilation, a yearly reminder and a joyful celebration of the artistry and longevity of jazz artists that have been living in our midst. Every year we are surprised at some familiar new members who have entered into the ranks of the Living Legends. The standards are simple: induct any musician, working or retired who has reached their 70th birthday and has contributed to the canon of the music, keeping the spirit and tradition of the music alive. Artists need not be popular or internationally recognized, but in their own way influential.

The list is organic and ever-changing, like the music. Sadly, since last year, we have continued to lose some of these great artists to the vagaries of time. With due respect, we take a moment to document and recognize their passing. Their spirit lives on in everyone who has ever had the privilege o...

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