Dear friend Steve Harris passed away earlier today. He had fought a long fight against his cancer and stayed with us as long as he could. A couple weeks ago he stopped the chemo, and went home, with hospice care, and to be with those he loved. He was the drummer and vocalist with Cubensis, Southern California’s premiere Grateful Dead tribute band, and a much loved member of the Deadhead community,and he is already greatly missed.
Here is Steve on drums and vocals with his band, Cubensis.
It is with the deepest of sadness that we inform you Al Jarreau passed away this morning, at about 6:00am LA time. He was in the hospital, and kept comfortable by his wife, son, and a few of his family and friends. A small, private service is planned, for immediate family only. No public service is planned yet this time.
The family asks that no flowers or gifts are sent. Instead, please consider a contribution to the Wisconsin Foundation for School Music, a wonderful organization which supports music opportunities, teachers, and scholarships for students in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin. A donation page is here: http://foundation4schoolmusic.org/lifetime-achievement-award/al-jarreau/ Even if you do not plan to contribute, please visit that page and give yourself a few minutes to watch a beautiful tribute video that Wisconsin Public Television produced to honor Al when he received his lifetime achievement award from the Foundation in October.
Hear, and see, Al’s great take on the Dave Brubeck classic “Take Five”:
Birth name Gregory Stuart Lake
Born 10 November 1947
Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, England
Died 7 December 2016 (aged 69)
Genres Progressive rock art rock hard rock
Occupation(s) Musician singer-songwriter producer
Instruments Bass Guitar vocals
Years active 1966–2016
Unit Four Time Checks The Shame The Gods King Crimson Emerson, Lake & Palmer Gary Moore Asia Emerson, Lake & Powell Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band Greg Lake Band