Obituaries

7:44am

Mon August 19, 2013
Music

Jazz Pianist Cedar Walton Dies

Originally published on Mon August 19, 2013 12:21 pm

Cedar Walton, a National Endowment for the Arts "jazz master" known as "one of the great hard bop pianists," died early Monday at his home in Brooklyn, N.Y., according to WBGO's The Checkout. He was 79.

His NEA bio page says that:

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5:12am

Mon August 19, 2013

10:22am

Wed August 14, 2013
The Two-Way

Journalist Jack Germond, One Of The 'Boys On The Bus,' Dies

Originally published on Wed August 14, 2013 4:07 pm

Journalist Jack Germond in August 2000 on NBC's Meet the Press.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Political journalist and author Jack Germond died Wednesday at his home in West Virginia. He was 85.

The longtime columnist died just as he'd finished writing a political novel titled A Small Story for Page Three, reports USA Today.

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11:12pm

Tue August 6, 2013
Sweetness And Light

Dick Kazmaier, 'A Honey Of A Guy'

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 3:24 am

Dick Kazmaier of Princeton University poses with the Heisman Trophy at New York's Downtown Athletic Club before the official presentation in 1951. Kazmaier, the last Ivy Leaguer to win the Heisman Trophy, died on Thursday.
John Rooney AP

You may never have heard of Dick Kazmaier. After all, he played in the Ivy League, never went to the NFL and filled a position, tailback, in a formation, the single-wing, that has long since disappeared.

But as the years have passed, that is what makes Kazmaier so special: that he best represented another time, when there was more whimsy and capriciousness to college athletics.

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9:03am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

George Duke, Legendary Jazz Keyboardist, Dies

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 10:42 am

George Duke.
Courtesy of the artist

George Duke, the legendary jazz keyboardist, died on Monday, his publicist tells NPR.

Duke's career spanned five decades and he always straddled the line between disparate genres, collaborating with artists such as Miles Davis, Barry Manilow, Frank Zappa, George Clinton and some of Brazil's top musicians.

Here's how NPR's Felix Contreras describes him:

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