[JPL] George Russell R.I.P.

Steve Schwartz steve_schwartz at wgbh.org
Tue Jul 28 08:04:18 EDT 2009

Composer, theoretician, pianist George Russell passed away this evening, 
July 27, 2009 at approximately 9:10 pm from complications due to Alzheimer’s. 
He leaves his wife Alice Russell, his son Jock Millgardh and three grandchildren, 
Maya, Kalle and Max.
There will be no funeral, but a memorial service will be planned in the future. 

A decade ago George was presented a "Jazz Achievement Award" by 
The New England Foundation for The Arts. As a part of that award, 
I got to co-produce a half hour radio documentary about him. 
It's all George, talking about his life and career in music and samples 
of the music he is talking about. 
A fascinating first person account of a brilliant career.
The program is available on the WGBH website. Simply go to:


Look for the photo of Yusef Lateef (another recipient of that same Award).
Scroll down until you see George's picture.

Enjoy listening.

Thank you George!

Steve Schwartz
Jazz from Studio Four
Friday, 8p-midnight
WGBH, 89.7FM, Boston

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