Phil Schaap has died

Leading the tributes to Phil Schaap who has died aged 70 saxophone icon and jazz giant Charles Lloyd has just tweeted: ''Forever in my heart and flying high now, with his Bird of Paradise; #PhilSchaap April 6, 1951 - September 7, 2021'' Forever in …

Published: 8 Sep 2021. Updated: 10 days.

Leading the tributes to Phil Schaap who has died aged 70 saxophone icon and jazz giant Charles Lloyd has just tweeted: ''Forever in my heart and flying high now, with his Bird of Paradise; #PhilSchaap April 6, 1951 - September 7, 2021''

Phil Schaap was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and as host of jazz programmes on Columbia University’s WKCR station in New York for decades. A multiple Grammy winner for liner notes he was the curator of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing University educational programme.

His cousin Rosie tweeted earlier today: ''My cousin Phil Schaap died last night. I loved him like crazy, will miss him beyond measure, and wish he could tell me one more wild story about Papa Jo Jones. BIRD LIVES! In my heart, so does Phil.''

The NEA Jazz Master was an archivist in the 1980s for the Savoy Jazz label and also remastered and re-released hundreds of archival recordings including working on the fabled Dean Benedetti home-recordings of Charlie Parker as well as producing the archival release in 1996 of Miles Davis & Gil Evans' The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings.

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Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory, Eliud, Banger Factory Records ****

The swinging Freddie Hubbard-esque 'Eliud' from hard bopper Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory's upcoming Arashi No Ato (''After The Storm'') is today's sparkling track of the day and the best new piece heard on d'blog all week. Notable solos on …

Published: 8 Sep 2021. Updated: 10 days.

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The swinging Freddie Hubbard-esque 'Eliud' from hard bopper Mark Kavuma and the Banger Factory's upcoming Arashi No Ato (''After The Storm'') is today's sparkling track of the day and the best new piece heard on d'blog all week. Notable solos on the deeply mellow night timer are gorgeous from guitarist Artie Zaitz and digging in tenderly trombonist Trevor Edwards. Kavuma himself is an elegant presence feeding through. Best of all is a joy to hear David Mrakpor who already has greatness written all over him whatever instrument he plays whether comping or breaking free here on vibes. The album itself is out next week on Kavuma's new Banger Factory Records label.

Kavuma and the Banger Factory play Ronnie Scott's on Thursday 7 October