Volume CVIII, No. 9September, 2008

Joe BeckGuitar

Hiram Law BullockGuitar

Joseph CocuzzoDrums

Sol C. ConsorSaxophone

Papy CouvertierLatin Percussion

Leila EdwardsPiano

John L. ForteDrums

Angelo GiamancoAccordion

Alvin HeckerSaxophone/Arranger

Jules JacobSaxophone

Rod LevittTrombone/Arranger/Copyist

Astor H. PhippsPiano

Martin RavottoAccordion

Phil SassonTrombone

Al SeminarSaxophone

Mike ShainTrumpet/Conductor

Robert SmithPiano

Frank P. VanceAccordion

Jerry H. WinnerSaxophone

Hiram Bullock

Hiram Bullock, 52, a guitarist who joined Local 802 in 1995, died on July 25.

Mr. Bullock was a member of the original band for “Late Night with David Letterman” and played on some blockbuster pop albums, including “The Stranger” by Billy Joel, Steely Dan’s “Gaucho” and the soundtrack to “A Star is Born” by Barbra Streisand. His best-known solo was on the 1987 Sting album “Nothing Like the Sun,” in a version of Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing.”

He also recorded his own albums, which featured his singing and songwriting. He made his biggest impact in the realm of jazz-rock, funk and fusion.

Mr. Bullock worked with Gil Evans, Jaco Pastorius and David Sanborn among many others.

Born in Osaka, Japan, to parents serving in the United States military, Mr. Bullock grew up mainly in Baltimore, where he studied at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. He played the saxophone and bass guitar before switching to guitar at 16. Then, at the University of Miami, he studied with Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius, supporting himself with steady work in local clubs. One of his gigs was with the soul singer Phyllis Hyman, who took him with her to New York.

Paul Shaffer told the New York Times that Mr. Bullock was “the greatest guitar player ever, with the exception perhaps of Jimi Hendrix. Nobody was ever better.”

Mr. Bullock is survived by his partner Jennifer Armstrong; two stepsons, known as Sansho and Niko; and four sisters, Jackie Lewis, Carmen Bean, Brenda Canterbury and Margene Williams. 

Edited from the New York Times

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Jerry Winner

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Jerry Winner

Jerry Winner, 88, a clarinetist, saxophonist, flutist and pennywhistle player, died on May 30. He had been a Local 802 member since 1941.

Born in Brooklyn, Mr. Winner attended Juilliard after serving in the Army band. During his career, he played in and recorded for big bands led by Tommy Dorsey, Raymond Scott, Larry Clinton, Bobby Sherwood, Jerry Gray, Ray McKinley and Lester Lanin, among others. He also worked for the Newark Evening News and the New York Times while raising his family in New Jersey.

After moving to Cape Coral in 1981 at the age of 61, Mr. Winner continued performing in a variety of venues. He and his wife Kay founded the Southwest Florida Jazz Society, which awarded scholarships to young musicians. He was best known for his virtuoso pennywhistle playing, his zest and good cheer and his great generosity.

Mr. Winner is survived by his sons Mark and Matthew, daughters Sharon Winner and Sarah Patrowicz, daughter-in-law Tamm, and son-in-law Robert. He is also survived by his nephew Myles Dimand and Myles’s wife Gigi. Also surviving are six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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