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  • Jim Widner 1946-2021

    Christian Wissmuller | October 26, 2021Music educator and one of the founding members of the Jazz Educators Network, Jim Widner, passed away suddenly of a heart attack on October 3, 2021. He was 75 years old. The former bassist with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, Widner performed with the likes of Buddy DeFranco, Randy Brecker, Clark Terry, Mulgrew Miller, Louis Bessson, and Bill […] Read More...
  • Charlie Watts 1941-2021

    Christian Wissmuller | September 16, 2021Charlie Watts, most famous as the drummer for The Rolling Stones, passed away on August 24 at the age of 80. Earlier in the month, The Stones had announced that Watts would be sitting out the band’s upcoming fall U.S. tour dates to recover after a “routine medical procedure.” While he gained greatest notoriety as […] Read More...
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