We’re sad to report that legendary fusion guitarist Larry Coryell has passed away in an NYC hotel room at the age of 73. Coryell had a remarkable impact on jazz music, such that he was known as the “Godfather Of Fusion” for his longstanding work in the field. More than 50 years after his first recordings, Coryell was still very active, and had plans to tour this summer with his band, The Eleventh House.Coryell adeptly predicted the rise of jazz fusion music in the 1960’s, contributing to the rise of the groovy genre before many others would catch up. His work brought jazz in the public eye, merging it with all sorts of influences to great effect. In turn, countless guitarists cite Coryell as an influence, and he was even sampled by progressive hip hop artists like J Dilla and DJ Shadow.Renowned fusion guitarist John Scofield penned the following tribute to both Coryell and Clyde Stubblefield, who passed away over the weekend as well:To get a glimpse into Coryell’s style, we present to you the album Spaces, which features the guitarist paired with Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Miroslav Vitouš and Billy Cobham.Rest in peace, Godfather of Fusion.
The Department of Public Safety organized the Southern California KEMO Car Show on campus Saturday to commemorate fallen DPS officer Keith Lawrence and his fiancée Monica Quan, who were shot by a disgruntled Los Angeles Police Department officer in a 2013 killing spree.The officer, Christopher Dorner, had been recently fired and went on a shooting rampage through Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties that ended with his death during a standoff with police at a cabin in the San Bernardino Mountains.Both Lawrence and Quan played basketball at Concordia University, and the car show was intended to raise money for a basketball scholarship in their names.DPS Captain Ed Palmer coordinated the event and praised its success, especially since it was the car show’s first year on the West Coast.“We were able to raise a decent contribution to the basketball scholarship in Keith and Monica’s names,” Palmer said. “Monica’s parents were able to attend the event and that made it even more special.”Three of the cars in the show were Palmer’s, who enjoys customizing and exhibiting cars.“Police officers are people just like [you]. We have families and other concerns that we put aside every day to serve the public,” Palmer said. “Also we have lives and things we enjoy just like everyone else.”Next year, Palmer’s goal is to make the show larger and more successful.“I don’t think the word got out early enough about this show, and I want to ensure that everyone knows about [it] for next year,” Palmer said.