Tony Zayas Obituary, Death – Just blew a chance at an excellent one. Tony Zayas was a fantastic gentleman man! We recently finished talking earlier this week, and during that conversation, we discussed several significant goals for the barber shop. Over the course of the past two decades, we accumulated some wonderful memories. I hope you are able to get some rest.
His phrasing was idiosyncratically spaced, and his timing was a perpetual tease to expectations. Coe, who passed away at the age of 88, established a tone on the tenor saxophone that was sensuous, smoky, and seductive. As a clarinettist (on which instrument, in his era, he was widely regarded in jazz as one of the world’s best) he could be as pure as a violin, but sometimes seemed to be lost in thought in improvisations, toying with soft, low-end sounds that would burst into fast, flaring ascents and wailing falsettos before evaporating in delicate, quivering retreats.
From the middle of the 1950s onwards, these qualities made Coe a sought-after sideman in front-rank British bands led by Humphrey Lyttelton, John Dankworth, Stan Tracey, Mike Gibbs, and others. Additionally, he worked in star-packed European lineups including the United Jazz + Rock Ensemble, as well as the big band co-led by Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland. He was an inventive composer of jazz compositions, cinema music, and contemporary-classical chamber works, in addition to being a sophisticated and sensitive arranger. As an improviser, he was comfortable with swing, bebop, and even the most abstract free-improvisation.paradise with your dad and your dad’s dad! My brother, till we meet again, farewell.