1. The eloquent, effortless jazz singer Jimmy Scott has died. He was 88. Seriously, if you haven’t heard him sing “Someone to Watch Over Me,” then you really should. Here’s a 2005 interview with Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan. 

  2. "Rashad was a kind soul that left an indelible mark on the music world as the torchbearer of footwork and juke."

    RIP DJ Rashad

  3. David Lamb, one half of Brown Bird, played folk that edged toward the dark sides of both blues and country. He died Saturday after a year-long fight with leukemia.

  4. It’s like Debussy or Satie for the dance floor.

    — Barry Walters on pioneering house DJ Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at 59 

  5. 
[Dave] Brockie’s music with GWAR didn’t so much touch on taboo subjects as wallow in them like pigs in filth. Bringing a refreshing sense of levity to heavy metal at a time when the genre was awash in negativity and self-importance, GWAR may have seemed like a joke, but the group’s trajectory over the last quarter-century has been extraordinary.

— Adrien Begrand on the mastermind behind GWAR’s Oderus Urungus, who died Sunday
Photo: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage
 

    [Dave] Brockie’s music with GWAR didn’t so much touch on taboo subjects as wallow in them like pigs in filth. Bringing a refreshing sense of levity to heavy metal at a time when the genre was awash in negativity and self-importance, GWAR may have seemed like a joke, but the group’s trajectory over the last quarter-century has been extraordinary.

    — Adrien Begrand on the mastermind behind GWAR’s Oderus Urungus, who died Sunday

    Photo: Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage

     

  6. Robert Ashley, the composer who redefined opera for the modern age, has died at 83. 

  7. We’re getting word that Paco de Lucia has died at age 66. Here’s a profile on the Spanish guitarist from 2004 by Alt.Latino's Felix Contreras.

    Pace de Lucia always had a fierce allegiance to tradition and strong appreciation for contemporary genres, but, as he told Contreras, “I’ve always been careful that [my music] doesn’t lose the essence and the roots and the tradition that is flamenco.”

  8. Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94.
Photo: Wiqan Ang for NPR

    Pete Seeger's tools were his songs, his voice, his enthusiasm and his musical instruments. A major advocate for the folk-style five-string banjo and one of the most prominent folk music icons of his generation, Seeger was also a political and environmental activist. He died Monday at age 94.

    Photo: Wiqan Ang for NPR

  9. Poet, author and music writer Amiri Baraka has died. Here’s Eugene Holley Jr. on Baraka’s massively influential Blues People in July 2013. 

  10. The idiosyncratic jazz guitarist Jim Hall has died. In 2009, we asked guitarist Rez Abassi for a five-song introduction. 
Photo: Adam Kissick for NPR

    The idiosyncratic jazz guitarist Jim Hall has died. In 2009, we asked guitarist Rez Abassi for a five-song introduction

    Photo: Adam Kissick for NPR