Jazz Vibraphonist, Bobby Hutcherson, dies

Bobby Hutcherson (Jan. 17, 1941 – August 15, 2016)

Bobby Hutcherson, described as “one of the greatest, most inventive jazz vibraphonists to pick up a pair of mallets” by AP has died at age 75.

As a jazz lover, and jazz radio show host in my college days, his sound is unmistakably his own!

While he originally learned to play the piano as a child, hearing Milt Jackson playing the vibraphone motivated him to switch from piano.  He had a God-given gift . . . he released over 40 albums and worked as a sideman on many more.  He was named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master in 2010.

Robert Hutcherson was born Jan. 17, 1941, in Los Angeles. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and sons Teddy and Barry, and two grandchildren.  

His son (Barry) was the inspiration for perhaps his best-known song “Little B’s Poem”  

  • The song is beautiful and distinctly Bobby Hutcherson.
  • Like Jimmy Greene‘s “Ana Grace”, inspired by his daughter (who perished in the Sandy Hook shooting), both songs reflect the power of their musical gift and a father’s love for his child. Greene was featured in our 2014 Faith in Action Series.


Brilliant, inventive jazz vibraphonist Bobby Hutcherson dies (John Rogers, Associated Press)

Jazz giant Bobby Hutcherson dies at 75 (Jesse Hamlin, SF Gate, August 16, 2016)



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