Grammy-winning jazz producer Tommy LiPuma dies at 80

By Mike Cidoni Lennox, Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 2:14 a.m.


1 photo

This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tommy LiPuma, a jazz and pop producer who won Grammys for collaborations with Natalie Cole and George Benson, has died. He was 80.

LiPuma died Monday in New York after a brief illness, according to the Decca/Verve Label Group, where he had served as chairman.

In a career spanning six decades, LiPuma's productions won five Grammys and were nominated for 28 more, and saw sales of 75 million.

His collaborating partners also included Paul McCartney, and singer-keyboardist Diana Krall.

Krall told The Associated Press that just a few weeks ago, she and LiPuma had put the finishing touches on her newest album, "Turn Up the Quiet," which she called "a record of jazz and American popular song."

"He understood the importance and challenges of where one could be as an artist," Krall said in a phone interview as she flipped through old photos of herself and LiPuma. "He had tremendous respect for (who I was) as a 28-year-old, starting right out — to the 52-year-old woman I am right now."

Krall added that LiPuma took her to artistic heights "I never dreamed."

The two won a Grammy for Krall's 2002 album "Live in Paris."

He also won Grammys for Benson's 1976 single "This Masquerade," Cole's 1991 album "Unforgettable... With Love" and McCartney's 2012 concert DVD "Live Kisses."

His last album with Krall will be released May 5.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Photos

Mike Cidoni Lennox

    SIGN UP FOR THE KSL.COM NEWSLETTER

    Catch up on the top news and features from KSL.com, sent weekly.
    By subscribing, you acknowledge and agree to KSL.com's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

    KSL Weather Forecast