Phil Schaap Death – Obituary News : WKCR mourns Phil Schaap has died .

By | September 10, 2021

Phil Schaap Death – Obituary News : WKCR mourns Phil Schaap has died .

We are sad to report that WKCR mourns Phil Schaap has passed away, according to the following statements posted on social media on September 8. 2021.

WKCR-FM 7h  · It is with a heavy heart that WKCR mourns Phil Schaap, who passed away yesterday evening at the age of 70. For over 50 years, Phil has been an irreplaceable presence at the station. The mentorship that he has provided students as an educator has helped shape a new generation of jazz historians and appreciators, and his impact will be felt for decades to come. Phil was unquestionably a giant in the jazz community. This past year he was recognized as a Jazz Master by the National Endowment of the Arts, and throughout his distinguished career has been awarded six Grammys and numerous other honors. WKCR will continue airing rebroadcasts of Phil’s programs during their usual times. Further details for an expanded tribute will be announced in the coming days on our website,

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Mike Scotto wrote
Sorry to hear this news. For many years I listened to Bird Flight during my morning drive to work. I can still hear his voice calling out to Max Roach, “Good Morning Max!” or expounding on the Massey Hall concert or Dean Benedetti’s recordings at the Hi-Di-Ho Club or an obscure record label. Thanks for all the knowledge Phil. Phil Lives!
Tom Clancey wrote
Listened through almost all of his complete chronology of Charlie Parker Broadcasts, probably the last time he went through it. I remember, because he finished and announced he was in poor health and would be delving into specific elements rather than doing a complete chronology again from the start. Toward the end of those doctorate level Parker musicology classes broadcast each morning, he played this gorgeous, haunting late-stage Parker—I understood the love in Phil’s heart for this music. At least I thought I could feel it. Life and death and genius all tied into one. Peace.

Jessica Stockton King wrote
Phil was truly unlike anyone I’ve ever met. When he found out that I didn’t have a record player, he told me that he’d get me started with some records if I got one. He gave me 100 records — all signed, addressed, and numbered. He was an excellent dancer, an unmatched broadcaster, and I’m glad to be one of the many many people he touched over the years. Such sad news.

Billy Newman wrote
This is so sad. We lost a giant in historical memory in Jazz. He visited the cats in nursing homes. He valued every human being who played in the bands, every rhythm guitarist, every bassist. I hope that future generations can use the taped radio shows as a historical repository and glean all the amazing stories , obscure facts that tie into a people’s history not just a history of music. He conveyed what community meant, the value of the queens and Brooklyn neighborhoods.
The positives of the past should be a template of the future May we exit the toxic malaise our cities have endured.
For all his long winded ness and wanting him to get to the sounds, his role was vital. He will be missed and now mourned. Too young to goPooja Agarwal wrote
RIP. Phil taught me so much during my time at WKCR and his presence on the airwaves will be greatly missed. Hard to imagine KCR without him.

Joel Rosen wrote
Phil was a national treasure but most of all a great person. I knew Phil as an undergraduate in the mid-70s when I took my turn as the classical music director of KCR. Phil was introduced to me by my brother, Neal (C ’71) which was the “era” when Phil first came on board. Such a long time. So sad to hear this.

Richard Steeves wrote
What a profound cultural loss. Icon, archivist, historian and the chronological heartbeat to Bird and our lives. So grateful for his presence, kindness, and generosity.

Mark Francis Montimurro wrote
I’ve already been mourning the absence of his live broadcasts for quite some time now. He was a part of my morning routine for so many years, and I’m not a big fan of archival shows, even though they are a very nice feature to provide his listeners. His exhaustive knowledge of the subject is unmatched in the jazz world, and there will never be anything like it again. RIP Mr. Schaap.

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