Friday 13 March 2015
RIP Lew Soloff
Renowned jazz musician and session trumpet player Lew Soloff passed away on Sunday 8th March aged 71.
Soloff worked tirelessly as a trumpet player in the USA, building impressive CVs both as a pop sideman and jazz musician. His work with Blood, Sweat and Tears brought him international acclaim, as did his playing Paul Simon's hit, You Can Call Me Al.
As a jazz musician, he worked for many years with luminaries like Gil Evans and Carla Bley, and was a member of the Manhattan Jazz Quintet. He taught at Manhattan School of Music for over 20 years.
His passing comes shortly after the sad deaths of Kenny Wheeler and Clark Terry. The world of jazz trumpet has lost three greats.