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I thought this is a great photo! This is Klink, who passed away Saturday, he's the father of a local musician and a 'cat' who does a lot for the Philly scene, Jan Klincewicz. It's a great photo. Here is a link to Klink at 80 years old playing at his birthday party!


tjaco Mon, 10/20/2008 - 09:25

Wow, he sounds just like lionel Hampton. That is cool!

Marie-Noëlle Mon, 10/20/2008 - 10:16

Hey fellow vibists, just have a look at this little alphabethique list of vibraphonists who left and their age when they passed:

- Walter Dickerson: 80
- Lionel Hampton: 94
- Watson Klincewizc: 87
- Red Norvo: 91

And these bellow who are still with us :
- Peter Appleyard: 80
- Terry Gibbs: 84
- Fats Sadi: 81

Despite all pains, hard work, musician demanding life... tell me, isn’t vibes keeping you young! :o)

pap4456 Mon, 10/20/2008 - 12:51

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

Other vibists whom we lost:

Larry Bunker-76; passed away in 2004
Victor Feldman-53; passed in 1987.
Eddie Costa-early 30's; killed in a car accident in early 1960's.
Adrian Rollini-1904-1954; vibes, xylophone, also played bass sax; killed in a car accident.

Still here:

Emil Richards-75 or 76 years old (real name Emilio Radocchia) born 1932 in Hartford, Connecticut, still going strong; co-leads a West Coast Big Band with drummer/percussionist Joe Porcaro; authority on ethnic and world percussion. Heads up groups called Yazz Band and Calamari. Very active. Also played vibes with George Shearing Quintet and Paul Horn, and when in the service, played with Toshiko Akiyoshi. In-demand LA studio percussionist.

Didn't feel like alphabetizing them. Just rattled them off the top of my head.

tjaco Mon, 10/20/2008 - 13:45

In reply to by pap4456

Hey what about these two greats:

Not with us anymore:

Milt Jackson - 76 (passed in 1999)

Still with us:

Teddy Charles - 80

Marie-Noëlle Tue, 10/21/2008 - 04:14

In reply to by pap4456

I had not mentioned him in my list 'cause I only wanted to give examples of vibists who had past 80... Life and death is serious matter... I wanted to let you see the most optimistic view! ;o)

Then I would add Tito Puente who passed at 77 (not that bad!). I'm sure the list can be longer!

pap4456 Tue, 10/21/2008 - 09:06

In reply to by Marie-Noëlle

I understand your point. Unfortunately, Victor Feldman passed of a heart attack. Eddie Costa was killed in a car accident. Warren Chiasson is still around, probably by now in his seventies, as well as Charlie Shoemake, who had played vibes with the Shearing Quintet and as far as I know, is still active.