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Final Note: Matthew Lincoln Utal

Former Life Member. Saxophone
7/13/1926 – 9/5/2019

Matt Utal passed away at the age of 93 on September 5, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, on July 13, 1926 to Eunice Bloom and Louis Wattel. Eunice later moved to California and married Michael Utal, who adopted Matt in 1931. He began to study piano as a little boy. Continue reading

Final Note: Gary LeMel

Life Member. Bass
9/16/1938 – 7/6/2019

Gary LeMel, Former Warner Bros. Music Head & ‘The Bodyguard’ Soundtrack Mastermind, Dies at Age 80

by Billboard

Gary LeMel, the longtime film music executive who was once dubbed the “Godfather of the Modern Soundtrack” for his supervision of blockbuster albums including The Big Chill, Ghostbusters and The Bodyguard, died on July 6, 2019 at age 80. He is survived by his wife Maddy and three children. Continue reading

Final Note: Sid Ramin

Life Member. Orchestrator
1/22/1919 – 7/1/2019

by Ron Ramin, Local 47 Life Member

My dad, Sid Ramin (January 22, 1919-July 1, 2019), was a member of a select group of artists who have earned an Academy Award, an Emmy Award and a Grammy Award. He was a longtime member of Local 802 in NYC as well as a Life Member of Local 47. Continue reading

Final Note: Dick ‘Slyde’ Hyde

Life Member. Trombone
7/4/1936 – 7/15/2019

by Jack Redmond

Slyde was one of my dearest friends for more than 60 years.

We both came to town in 1958, and met on a recording session that year. The other trombone was Ray Sikora, from Canada, and the three of us became fast friends that day. Dick (he wasn’t known as Slyde ’til later) came up with the idea that none of us would accept a gig unless the other two were on it. That pact lasted about a week, until one of us got a call. Continue reading

Final Note: Tom ‘Tippy’ Morgan

Life Member. Saxophone
9/11/1921 – 7/6/2019

Tom “Tippy” Morgan passed peacefully on July 6, 2019 at the Ventura Cal-Vet home. Born in 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota, he was the youngest of five boys born to John Herbert Morgan and Ida Ludell (Phillips) Morgan and discovered an early love of music. He fondly recalled teenage jam sessions at the Minneapolis home of the Pettiford family where he learned how to swing alongside future jazz legend Oscar Pettiford. Continue reading

Final Note: Rosita Duchesne Mallah

Rosita performing for Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward

Life Member. Latin & Brazilian Percussion/Vocals
12/9/1924 – 4/3/2019

Rosita Duchesne Mallah was born December 9,1924 in Cayey, Puerto Rico. She joined the Los Angeles musicians union, AFM Local 47, in 1961 and remained a member until her passing. She was a staunch supporter of the Musicians Union, and her late husband was Charles Mallah (guitar, bandleader), who had served on the Local 47 Executive Board for many years. Continue reading