Trumpeter Herb Pomeroy, 77. He is best known for his work in the early 1950's with the legendary Charlie Parker. He was later renowned as a teacher, spending thirty years at the Berkeley School of Music in Boston.
Drummer Max Roach, 83. He was one of the greatest, period. He was a pioneer in the art of bebop-style drumming and an innovator in the field of rhythmic independence (each hand playing completely independent rhythms) and for his approach to improvised drum soloing, which was based around the actual melody and harmony of tunes, rather than on fills and standard rhythmic devices.
Pianist Joe Zawinul, 75. He came to prominence in the 1960's as a part of the Cannonball Adderly Sextet. A decade later, Zawinul, along with saxophonist Wayne Shorter and virtuoso bassist Jaco Pastorius, formed the groundbreaking jazz-fusion group Weather Report.