The grim reaper has taken a major toll on the world’s music community this year and San Diego has been not been exempt. Here’s a look back at those we lost in 2016:
January 2, Mark Hammond (64), trumpeter, head of the Navy Music Program until his retirement in 2002, Marty Conley’s Big Band Express.
January 31, Nicki Carano (48), drummer with Tir Na Nog, Christopher Dale, Glassy, Camel Tones, In My Humble Opinion, Nectarine, Haute Flash, 3DVA, Radio Rage, etc.
February 9, Joshua Whitney (42), pianist and singer with Grow.
Candye Kane singing at the Oasis House Concerts in 2010
February 10, Patricia Sheehan (80), composer of “It’s About Time,” children’s playwright.
February 12/, Pete Webster (60), guitarist/mandolin with the Sidewinders, owner of Guitar-O-Rama shop.
March 4, Gary Ferrito (62), frontman of Belair Boys, Kanickie’s Tribute to Elvis, bit-part actor in Bring It On as father of one of the cheerleaders.
March 15, Robby Ray Ivy Sr. (93), guitarist with the Mission Hillbillies Band.
March 26, Joe Marillo (83), jazz saxophonist, jazz promoter/teacher, appeared with Jimmy Cavallo & the Houserockers in the 1956 film Rock, Rock, Rock, recorded with Mike Wofford, etc.
April 10, George Warner (89), big-band drummer.
May 6, Candye Kane (54) blues singer, recorded for Sire, Antones, Ruf, etc.
June 14, Kiko Cornejo Sr. (63), percussionist, Viva Santana, Jaime Valle & Equinox, Storm, Pocket.
June 24, Ernie Morgan (71) latter-day member of Strawberry Alarm Clock, Melting Pot, Island Society.
...by Chica Diabla, live at Brick by Brick, July 2015
July 24, Dave Chamberlain (53), trombonist with Jenn Renee Cruz, the Del Bybee Big Band, Marty Conley’s Big Band Express, Gary Burton, Gary Puckett, Frankie Laine.
August 12, Audrey Moesch (54), drummer with the SGI SD Jazz Band, guitarist with Kitten with a Whip, Stone Idols, Luna.
August 9, Elizabeth Borg (47), lead singer of Chica Diabla.
August 28, Ramon “Chunky” Sanchez (64), folk icon, Los Alacranes.
October 28, Kirk Hoffman (62), music teacher, drummer with Roman Palacios, Tuxedo, Jazz 88.3 blues jam etc.
November 7, Jon Greene (34), drummer with Barbarian, sound engineer at the Casbah and Soda Bar.
November 11, Greg Willis (67), bassist with Iron Butterfly, Glory, Palace Pages, the Rhumboogie’s, Shelle Blue Band, etc.