The composer, flutist, clarinetist and teacher of jazz estadounidense Bob Sands has passed away in Madrid at age 55 because of “A long illness”, as confirmed by his band on the official Facebook profile.
“Yesterday our dear Bob Sands left us. After the long illness and pain that we live today, we must remember each of the good moments, teachings and experiences lived with him. Rest in Peace my friend !!! ”, says the text.
Born in New York, he graduated in his country in classical music with the saxophone and specialized in jazz in the Manhattan School of Music thanks to the teachings of teachers like Ramon Ricker or Bob Mintzer. He himself would go on to become a professor of jazz harmony.
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As a performer, he has played alongside great figures of the genre, such as Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Paquito D’Rivera or Dee Dee Bridgewater.
In 1992 he settled in Madrid, becoming one of the regular musicians of artists such as Jorge Pardo, Chano Domínguez or Pedro Iturralde, among many other jazz greats, as well as Miguel Ríos, Víctor Manuel, Ana Belén, Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquín Sabina.
“I have been told that Bob Sands, a great saxophonist who belonged to Sabina’s band back in 2000, has passed away, I suppose. Tour 19 days and others. He was a great guy with a great sense of humor. And he played like god. I always remember him asking for air conditioning on the bus, DEP ”, the musician Pancho Varona wrote on his Twitter profile.
On May 25, his band organized a tribute concert at the Reina Theater Madrid victory, but Sands was unable to attend due to illness.
The wake, as reported by the Bob Sands Big Band, is scheduled to be held today at the San Isidro Funeral Parlor.
Los Angeles Times