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Jimmy Cobb, jazz drummer who played with Miles DavisStanley Ho, casino tycoon of Macao

Business and Science

Stanley Ho (98) casino tycoon whose business empire dominated the Portuguese gambling enclave of Macao for decades. Considered the father of modern gambling in China, Ho’s long and eventful life tracked the ebb and flow of southern China’s fortunes. After a swashbuckling start as a kerosene trader, he ended up as Macau’s richest person, a lavish spender and debonair ballroom dancer. Tall, handsome, and of mixed Chinese and European heritage, Ho fathered 17 children with four women, an extended family that engaged in high-profile squabbles over his legacy during his later years. He had stakes in businesses running everything from the ferries and helicopters connecting Hong Kong and Macao to department stores, hotels, Macao’s airport, and its horse-racing tracks. But Ho said he avoided the gambling floor because “It's a house game.” He died in his sleep in Hong Kong on May 26, 2020.


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Jimmy Cobb (91) percussionist and last surviving member of Miles Davis’s 1959 Kind of Blue groundbreaking jazz album that transformed the genre and sparked several careers. Cobb said in 2019 that he listened to jazz albums and stayed up late to hear disc jockey Symphony Sid playing jazz in New York before launching his professional career. It was saxophonist Cannonball Adderley who recommended him to Davis, and Cobb played on several Davis recordings. But his role as a drummer on the Kind of Blue jam session headed by Davis forever changed his career. That album also featured Adderley and John Coltrane and captured a moment when jazz was transforming from bebop to something newer, cooler, and less structured. Cobb died of lung cancer in New York City on May 24, 2020.


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