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TRANSITIONS (June-August 2013): Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland, George Duke, Elmore Leonard, Marian McPartland, H.D. Moe, Albert Murray, Cedar Walton, Seamus Heaney, Susan Sibbet

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ROBERT CALVIN ‘BOBBY’ BLAND
(January 27, 1930 – June 23, 2013), nĂ© Brooks, also known professionally as Bobby “Blue” Bland, was an American singer of blues and soul. Bland developed a sound that mixed gospel with the blues and R&B. He was described as “among the great storytellers of blues and soul music… [who] created tempestuous arias of love, betrayal and resignation, set against roiling, dramatic orchestrations, and left the listener drained but awed.”He was sometimes referred to as the “Lion of the Blues” and as the “Sinatra of the Blues”;his music was also influenced by Nat King Cole.

 

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GEORGE DUKE
(January 12, 1946 – August 5, 2013) was an American musician, known as a keyboard pioneer, composer, singer and producer in both jazz and popular mainstream musical genres. He worked with numerous acclaimed artists as arranger, music director, writer and co-writer, record producer and as a professor of music. He first made a name for himself with the album The Jean-Luc Ponty Experience with the George Duke Trio. He was known primarily for thirty-odd solo albums as well as for his collaborations with other musicians, particularly Frank Zappa.

 

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ELMORE JOHN LEONARD, JR.
(October 11, 1925 – August 20, 2013) was an American novelist and screenwriter. His earliest published novels in the 1950s were Westerns, but Leonard went on to specialize in crime fiction and suspense thrillers, many of which have been adapted into motion pictures. Among his best-known works are Get Shorty, Out of Sight, Hombre, Mr. Majestyk, and Rum Punch (adapted for the movie Jackie Brown). Leonard’s writings include short stories that became the films 3:10 to Yuma and The Tall T, as well as the current FX television series Justified.

 

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MARGARET MARIAN McPARTLAND
OBE (nĂ©e Turner; 20 March 1918 – 20 August 2013), was an English-born jazz pianist, composer, and writer. She was the host of Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR from 1978 until 2013.

 

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H. D. MOE
(16 November 1937 – 20 August 2013) is considered one of the most important of the “baby beat” poets. Raised in Oregon and California, he served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War, and later attended school on the G.I. Bill. Moe studied at various times with a number of famous writers, including Theodore Roethke, Philip Whalen, and Bernard Malamud. Suffering from dyslexia, he developed his own style of “jazz poetry”, with vivid imagery and unusual juxtapositions.

 

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ALBERT L. MURRAY
(May 12, 1916 – August 18, 2013) was an African American literary and jazz critic, novelist, essayist and biographer.

 

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CEDAR ANTHONY WALTON, JR.
(January 17, 1934 – August 19, 2013) was an American hard bop jazz pianist. He came to prominence as a member of drummer Art Blakey’s band before establishing a long career as a bandleader and composer.

 

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SEAMUS HEANEY
(April 13, 1939 – August 20, 2013) Seamus Justin Heaney was an Irish poet, playwright, translator and lecturer, and the recipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature.

 

Susan Sibbet

SUSAN HERRON SIBBET
(December 6, 1941 – August 31, 2013) Poet-novelist-editor-publisher Susan Herron Sibbet worked in San Francisco as a Poet in Residence with California Poets in the Schools for more than twenty years. She was also a founding member of Sixteen Rivers Press, the Bay Area poetry collective. 

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