»Our beloved Jon M. Hassell – iconic trumpet player, author, and composer – has passed away at the age of 84 years on June 26th 2021. After a little more than a year of fighting through health complications, Jon died peacefully in the early morning hours of natural causes. His final days were surrounded by family and loved ones who celebrated with him the lifetime of contributions he gave to this world– personally and professionally. He cherished life and leaving this world was a struggle as there was much more he wished to share in music, philosophy, and writing.
It was his great joy to be able to compose and produce music until the end. We thank all those who contributed to ensuring that he was able to continue expressing his ideas through his final days and maintain a quality end of life.«
Here’s what musician Peter D’Elia wrote:
»Jon Hassell died on Saturday. I’m the kind of person who can become addicted to a musician to the point that I have to find every recording. Jon Hassell is one of them. You may not know his name, but you’ve probably heard his trumpet on albums by Brian Eno, David Sylvian, Peter Gabriel, Talking Heads, K.D. Lang, Ani DiFranco, Hector Zazou, Baaba Maal, Farafina, Daniel Lanois, Ry Cooder, Techno Animal, Stina Nordenstam, Bjork… there are more I’m not remembering right now. Equally important are his own albums. Please investigate his solo work and his unique sound on trumpet and use of effects. I’ve been listening to all of it since high school. He released two albums last year. He was 84.«