It's been a week of various difficulties, technical and otherwise, here at StLJN HQ, but even though this post may be a bit later than usual, you'll still want to check out these short news items and assorted links from the past few days:
* According to posts this week on social media, bassist David Troncoso died on Monday, July 11 of complications from cancer. He was 70 years old.
Originally from Montebello, CA, Troncoso (pictured) was known particularly for his expertise in Latin jazz, but he played with a variety of St. Louis musicians and bands, as well as with nationally and internationally known performers including Carmen McRae, Peter Nero, Eddie Cano, Bobby Hutcherson, Clare Fischer, Nino Tempo, and more.
In addition to earning wide respect for his musical skills, Troncoso also is being remembered as a devoted dad, friend, and animal lover with a sharp sense of humor. No memorial service will be held, but according to his son Dave "Don Tron" Troncoso, plans for a musical "celebration of life" will be announced at a later date. Our condolences go out to David Troncoso's family, friends and musical associates.
* Jazz St. Louis' Gene Dobbs Bradford will lead a "Jazz History Ride" being offered to local bicycle enthusiasts tomorrow by Trailnet. The tour of "local jazz landmarks" starts at 10 a.m.; for details and last-minute registration info, go here.