Jazz Legend, Les McCann, Passes Away At 88

The renowned, multi-award winning jazz musician Leslie “Les” McCann passed away at the age of 88. According to NBC News, the musician passed away on Friday, December 29.

The publication was informed by McCann’s manager, Alan Abrahams, that the multi-instrumentalist passed away in Los Angeles following a bout with pneumonia. The legend reportedly resided in a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times.

Gerald Albright, a fellow musician, paid his friend and longtime colleague his regards on X/Twitter. Furthermore, Abrahams appears to have opened a GoFundMe in 2019 or 2020. According to the fundraiser, “at the request of McCann,” the campaign got underway prior to his demise. Out of $100,000, Abrahams’ fundraising was able to gather $79,268 for “Les’ cataract surgery.”

According to the last statement dated February 2023, they had amassed enough cash to start performing a number of procedures. Over 50 albums were released by McCann during his lifetime. The politically charged single “Compared To What,” which features Eddie Harris on saxophone, may be his most well-known song, nevertheless.

The song, a cover of one by Gene McDaniels, was played by him during the 1969 Montreaux Jazz Festival. This was the period when he signed with Atlantic Records. Les McCann also discovered a young Roberta Flack during this time.

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