George E. Banks – Piano/Arranger/Copyist
William E. Bivens – Saxophone
Philip Cadway – Bass
David J. Cogan – Violin
Dorothy DeLay – Violin
Harold Ehrmann – Saxophone
Melvin L. Flood – Flute
Susan Follari – Viola
Carl Forte – Drums
Maurice Gardner – Composer/Viola
M. Russ Goudey – Arranger/Copyist
James Greene – Piano
Sador Jenett – Viola
Larry Kent – Bass
David Mann – Piano/Songwriter/Arranger
Wendell L. Marshall – Bass
Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre – Saxophone/Flute/Reeds
George Moran – Trombonist
Mack Pitt (Pierce) – Saxophone
Arthur Simensky – Trumpet
Joseph A. Sinacore – Guitar
Whitney Tustin – Oboe
Bernard Weiss – Trumpet/Conductor
Maurice Gardner, 93, a composer and violist and an 802 member since 1928, died on Feb. 26 in Miami Beach.
Born on the Lower East Side, Mr. Gardner began writing music at the age of 6. He studied composition with Leopold Mannes at the Juilliard School and at 19, while still at school, took a job composing for Paramount stage shows. After a couple of years he began working as a freelance composer, launching a busy 40-year career as a composer for films, radio and television, and for such artists as Victor Borge and Danny Kaye.
Before moving to Florida in 1970, Mr. Gardner lived in Great Neck, N.Y., where he was the founding conductor and music director of the Great Neck Symphony. After “retiring” to Florida, he resumed composing for the concert stage. His work has garnered prizes and commissions from such institutions as Meet the Composer, Chamber Music America, the Barlow Foundation and the William Primrose Archives. Among the artists who have commissioned works are Jaime Laredo, Oscar Shumsky, Paul Neubauer and the Muir, the Miro, the Miami, the Ying and the Pacifica quartets. His compositions have been performed throughout the world.
The author of more than 600 works, Mr. Gardner founded the Staff Music Publishing Co. and was the author of “The Choral Reader” and “The Orchestrator’s Handbook.”
He is survived by his wife Sadie and sons Gerald and Robert. Robert Gardner, also an 802 member, is principal cellist of the New York City Opera.
Wendell L. Marshall
Wendell L. Marshall, 81, who played bass with Duke Ellington from 1948 to 1955, died on Feb. 6 at his home in St. Louis. He had joined Local 802 in 1948.
Born in St. Louis, he was a cousin of bassist Jimmy Blanton, a star with the Ellington orchestra, who gave him his first lessons. Mr. Marshall began playing bass professionally in the late 1930s with local bands in St. Louis. He attended Lincoln University and then served in the U.S. Army from 1943-46. He then played a few months with Stuff Smith before forming his own trio in St. Louis. After his stint with Ellington, he recorded with many top jazz artists of his era, including Ella Fitzgerald, Mary Lou Williams, Ray Charles, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Milt Jackson, Donald Byrd, Art Blakey, Hank Jones and many others. His playing is heard on more than 150 albums.
After leaving the Ellington band, Mr. Marshall played in the orchestras of a number of Broadway shows, including Mr. Wonderful, Say Darling, Gypsy, Fiddler on the Roof and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. In 1970 he started an insurance business in St. Louis.
Mr. Marshall is survived by daughters Joan, Cynthia and Carol, and two grandsons.
Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre
Dr. Makanda Ken McIntyre, 69, a jazz saxophonist, flutist and player of reed instruments, and a noted composer and educator, died last June 13. He had joined Local 802 in 1960.
A tireless musical innovator for over 45 years, Dr. McIntyre recorded and released his first album with Eric Dolphy at 28 and is credited with twelve albums and more than 150 compositions. He is known primarily as a leader of his own ensembles, performing on alto saxophone, flute, bass clarinet, oboe and bassoon.
Born in Boston, Dr. McIntyre earned a bachelor’s degree in composition from the Boston Conservatory of Music in 1958, a master’s in composition there in 1959, and a doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts in 1975.
In 1964, after making four albums, he began to teach full time, first as director of music at P.S. 171 in Manhattan. He also served on the faculties of Central State University, Wesleyan University, Fordham University, Smith College and the New School University Jazz and Contemporary Music Department. In 1971 he began a 24-year tenure at the State University of New York/College at Old Westbury, where he founded and chaired the American Music, Dance and Theatre Program, which became one of the most highly acclaimed performing arts program in the nation. Dr. McIntyre retired as a professor emeritus from Old Westbury in 1995.
In 1983 he founded the Contemporary African American Music Organization (CAAMO) to promote free expression and continuing education in music and the performing arts with African American origins. CAAMO held more than 250 performances and educational workshops at venues throughout the New York area.
Dr. McIntyre toured with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra and appeared on Cecil Taylor’s groundbreaking album, “Unit Structures.” He composed and arranged songs and scores for film and TV specials. He served on the New York State Council for the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and was an active member of International Association of Jazz Educators and National Black Music Caucus. He published numerous articles and music guidebooks and lectured internationally.
He performed and recorded with such artists as Jaki Byard, Charlie Haden, Nat Adderley, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Eric Dolphy, Sam Jones, Ben Riley, Andrei Strobert, Arthur Taylor, Reggie Workman and Warren Smith. His last album, “A New Beginning,” was released soon after his death.
He is survived by his wife, Joy Rosenthal McIntyre, two sons from a previous marriage, Kenneth and Kheil, and grandchildren Aaron and Rachel.
George Moran, 47, a trombonist and a Local 802 member since 1979, died on Feb. 18.
Mr. Moran was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and started the trumpet in first grade. After switching to the trombone in junior high, he studied music at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and then at North Texas State University, where he was asked to join the Buddy Rich band. He later played with the Dave Chesky band, and from 1978 until 1980 played with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra.
In 1979 Mr. Moran moved to New York, where he became very busy playing in the recording studios, doing numerous jingle and film dates. He was also active on Broadway, playing in such shows as Dancin‘, Gypsy, Grand Tour, Sweeney Todd, Sugar Babies and Starlight Express. His playing is heard on many cast albums. In 1992 he played with the Buddy Rich Band at the Cancun Jazz Festival and with the Bob Belden ensemble at the Mt. Fuji Jazz Festival.
Over the years Mr. Moran subbed with a number of classical orchestras, including the American Symphony Orchestra. He also taught, taking part in many educational workshops and brass symposiums.
He is survived by his mother Virginia.