The great pianist-arranger-composer Clare Fischer
has died. Besides being a mean pianist who even Herbie Hancock called a huge influence, very few could claim the achievements of this man, who worked with everyone from Dizzy Gillespie, the Hi-Los and other jazzmen to Prince, Rufus and Chaka Khan, Paul McCartney, Prince, and so many more.
As if there haven't been enough celebrity deaths, now the sad news that the great impressionist - comedian Fred Travalena has passed away
at his Encino, CA home at age 66. Examples of some of his work are here
from a Merv Griffin Show, and a later one from a live performance.