Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Lights in the Darkness
Perhaps, it's also a coincidence that we feel the loss of people close to us and/or people we respect more strongly this time of year. The world of creative American music has lost many musicians in 2013 and it seems that this December has been extremely tough.
Perhaps the biggest shock is the passing of bassist Dwayne Burno (pictured above) who died on December 28 from complications of kidney disease. Burno, a native of Philadelphia, PA, worked with so many musicians, from pianists Harold Mabern and George Colligan to trumpeters Jeremy Pelt, David Weiss, and Wallace Roney to vocalist Abbey Lincoln. - he was so popular because he was such a solid and fluid player. His bandmates could always count on Burno to create a strong foundation for them to work off of. Yet, if the listener paid close attention, you could hear how creative the bassist could be playing counterpoint to the soloists, his great sense of melody shining through.
Dwayne Burno leaves behind his wife Wendy and 7-year old Quinn. There is a way to help his family with expenses - working musicians rarely have access to good health insurance (perhaps the Affordable Care Act will help to change that) - by going to fundly.com/our-friend-wendy-just-lost-her-husband-and-needs-help and making a contribution.
If you can find the time, check out any of these musicians that you might be unfamiliar with to find out why and how their music brought light to this often dark world of ours.