1919 – 2009 (Image Source)
I just found out late last evening that the legendary jazz drummer and educator Jim Chapin passed away last Saturday, July 4th, 2009 (Jim was the father of the late folk rock singer, Harry Chapin). Many of the world’s great drummers credit their skills in part to Jim’s teaching and his groundbreaking books, including Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer. At 89, Jim had a good long life; nevertheless, this is such a huge blow to the drumming community, and he will be sorely missed. There’s an excellent obit and recap of Jim’s life and career at this link. RIP, Jim!