Category Archives: Final Notes / In Memoriam

Final Note: Hal Blaine

Hal Blaine’s drums can be heard as part of the Wall of Sound on the Ronettes’ 1963 hit “Be My Baby” produced by Phil Spector at Hollywood’s Gold Star Studios, founded by David S. Gold and Stan Ross in 1950.

Life Member. Drum Set
2/5/1929 – 3/11/2019

by David Gold

Musician, drummer,
and sometimes conductor too,
Four bass beats to set the tempo,
And start the music too.

The bass, the toms and symbols still,
The sticks now quietly lie on the snare,
And now the stool is empty too.
For Hal is no longer there. 

Final Note: Danny Pucillo Sr.

Member. Drum Set
8/13/1932 – 11/1/2018

Love of music and family were the driving forces during Danny Pucillo’s 86 years of life.

Born and raised in Mt. Vernon, New York, he originally wanted to play the trumpet. However, at the age of 10, his mother took him to the Strand Theatre in New York City, and once he saw the indelible image of Gene Krupa playing his signature floor tom beat, extending up on the fine white projection screen, he was captivated by the mastery of what Krupa had played. Danny knew he had to become a drummer. Continue reading

Final Note: Ralph Jungheim

Former Member. Trumpet
5/19/1929 – 1/5/2019

by Kirk Silbee

Ralph Jungheim, a record producer, impresario, photographer and an all-around friend to jazz, has died. He oversaw 58 albums as an independent producer for such artists as Earl “Fatha” Hines, Freddie Hubbard, Ruth Brown, Joe Pass, Michel Legrand, Jimmy Rowles, Freddy Cole, Jimmy Witherspoon, Howard Rumsey’s Lighthouse All Stars, Jack Sheldon, Wild Bill Davison and Eddie Miller, Jackie Allen, Dr. Bobby Rodriguez, Bill Berry’s Ellington All-Stars, Charles Neville, Tommy Newsom, Mavis Rivers, James Zollar and John Dentz. Jungheim passed away on January 5, due to complications of a longtime illness. Continue reading

In Memoriam: February 2019

Roger DiVirgilio
Life Member. Saxophone
6/20/1922 – 1/6/2019
Survived by children

Daryl F. Dragon (aka Captain)
Life Member. Piano
8/27/1942 – 1/2/2019
Survived by brother

William E. Fields
Life Member. Violin
8/19/1930 – 1/1/2019
Survived by daughter

Steven P. Madaio
Member. Trumpet
7/8/1948 – 1/15/2019
Survived by daughter

Norman C. Schweikert
Life Member. Horn
10/8/1937 – 12/30/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Sonja L. Vasquez
Life Member. Piano
2/7/1937 – 11/8/2018
Survived by children

James T. Work
Life Member. Guitar
3/29/1924 – 12/22/2018
Survived by spouse & children

In Memoriam: January 2019

Mickey Wayne Jones
Life Member. Drums
6/10/1941 – 2/7/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Sidney M. Lazar
Life Member. Trumpet
8/2/1926 – 11/3/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Cecil J. (“Big J”) McNeely
Life Member. Saxophone
4/29/1927 – 9/16/2018
Survived by daughters & family

Roger L. Neumann
Life Member. Saxophone
1/3/1941 – 11/28/2018
Survived by spouse & children

Laura J. Pearson
Member. Viola
5/16/1984 – 10/2/2018
Survived by spouse & child

Final Note: Sidney Marvin Lazar

Life Member. Trumpet
8/2/1926 – 11/3/2018

Talented musician, dedicated teacher, devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather, uncle, and friend, Sid Lazar passed away at home at the age of 92.

He was born and raised in Los Angeles, attended L.A. High School, then graduated, cum laude, from USC. He later received his M.A. from CSU Northridge. Continue reading