Jazz trumpet player, 22 May 1930 – 7 March 2013
The tenth death anniversary of Nina Simone, the black American singer, songwriter, pianist and civil rights activist, falls on 21st February 2013. She was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, the sixth child of a preacher’s family in North Carolina. She was a classically trained pianist, who made her name in the world of jazz and blues. Her famous songs are legion but include ‘Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood’, ‘Sinnerman’, ‘I Put a Spell on You’.
The 76-year-old “fell while practising cross-country skiing” during the Christmas holidays, said a statement on the festival’s official website.
He had surgery in Lausanne, Switzerland, but remains unconscious, the statement continued.
UPDATE 10TH JANUARY: Nobs sadly passed away, he was 76.
The festival, which takes place on the shores of Lake Geneva, has featured the likes of Miles Davis and Santana. (source BBC News website)
(over 200 Montreux jazz images on www.lebrecht.co.uk)
The American jazz saxophonist, Sam Rivers, died aged 88 last week. Our photographer, Jan Persson, captured Rivers performing in Copenhagen in October 1969. For more images search our online image library at www.lebrecht.co.uk
Cesária Évora, nicknamed the ‘barefoot diva’ for performing without shoes, has died aged 70. Lebrecht Music & Arts has wonderful performance shots of Évora, some of which were taken at the jazz festival in Cussac Fort Médoc, Gironde, France. Search online at www.lebrecht.co.uk for more images.
The Southbank Centre will be playing host to the London Jazz Festival later this month. Legends such as Ornette Coleman, Roy Haynes and Archie Shepp will be playing alongside new talents like Nathaniel Facey from 11-20 November.
Lebrecht Music & Arts represents some of the world’s leading jazz photographers and has wonderful portraits of many of the performers taking part. Search online at www.lebrecht.co.uk for more photographs.
For information about the full festival line-up, visit the Southbank Centre website