American orchestral and jazz bassist Bruce Lawrence has passed away – aged 88.
Mr Lawrence started his career playing alongside jazz greats Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane and Mary Lou Williams, before going on to become the first African American to join the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.
“While he got his start in jazz, he preferred classical,” his daughter Josie Lawrence has said, “… it was the mellowness of it … he loved Bach …. that’s what he listened to, always”.
Our condolences are with Mr Lawrence’s family, friends, students and colleagues