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Personal Interest

Arnold Jacobs: Loss of a Master

By M. Dee Stewart • November 01, 1998
The death of Arnold Jacobs was a great loss to the brass community, and the music world as a whole. M. Dee Stewart remembers his friend and colleague in this touching memorial.

John D. Hill: 1928-2001

By Richard Human, Jr. • April 23, 2001
After a recent battle with pancreatic cancer, John Hill, distinguished Professor Emeritus of Trombone at The University of Iowa, passed away at his home in Iowa City on March 18, 2001. John had served Iowa for 36 years in the trombone studio, and more recently, as Associate Director of the School of Music from 1980-96.

Larry David Minick Passes

By Kathe Tanner • January 01, 1997
With the recent death of Larry David Minick, 55, the world of music lost a genius and master craftsman, and Cambria lost a curmudgeon-in-training. At his memorial service on Jan. 17, family, friends and musicians came together to remember the man they loved, who tried so hard to portray a crusty, cranky tinkerer.

Profile: Al Grey

By Bob Bernotas • July 01, 1999
At first glance, Al Grey resembles a sleepy hound dog. Those aren't just bags under his eyes. They are trophies from more than 45 years spent on buses and airplanes, in nightclubs and hotel rooms. But just start Grey talking about his favorite subjects--Count Basie, the trombone, and, especially, the plunger--and he snaps alive and his speech begins to flow.

Steve King: 1968-2001

By David Cooke • May 14, 2001
On Thursday, May 10, 2001 Stephen King, a 32 year old trombonist, was murdered in New York City. He was originally from the Detroit area, attended the Cleveland Institute of Music in the late 1980's where he studied with James DeSano, and moved to NYC in the early 1990's to study with Joe Alessi.

Tribute to Al Grey

By Bob Bernotas • April 06, 2000
On March 24, 2000, beloved trombonist Al Grey passed away. In this brief tribute, author Bob Bernotas remembers some of Grey's more memorable solos, and we offer two excerpts of Al Grey's memorable solo style. God speed, Al.

Tribute to J. J. Johnson

By Bob Bernotas • February 05, 2001
Frequent author for the OTJ Bob Bernotas offers this tribute to J. J. Johnson.