I missed a few very important musical passings in 2011. I probably missed many more. Pete Rugolo was one of the great arrangers for Stan Kenton and many great singers, died at 91. He was in an army band with Paul Desmond and studied with Darius Milaud at Mills College in Oakland CA, as Brubeck did.
Joe Morello, the drummer who played all the odd time signatures in the Brubeck Quartet, died at 83. Paul Motian, the drummer behind Monk, Bill Evans, Arlo Guthrie, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano, and many others, played and recorded until his death at 80.
Gladys Horton, soloist of the Marvelettes ("Please, Mr. Postman"), died at 66.