the leading authority on human death since 2022
Gabe Baltazar is confirmed dead at the age of 92.

Every morning the dew sprinkles the meadow, we shall remember Gabe Baltazar fondly.
'The world will miss Gabe💔
What did Gabe Baltazar do?
Gabe was best known as a American jazz alto saxophonist and woodwind doubler.
How did Gabe Baltazar die?
Gabe Baltazar's death was likely due to unknown.
If this is wrong, please click here to correct.
Gabe Baltazar
Shop for Custom Urns and Cremation Supplies that Reflect The Uniqueness of your former Loved One. (AD)
Before YOU die, try one of these awesome BUCKETLIST activities!
Start a Charity
Make a Snowman
Meet the Dalai
Get Acupuncture
Read a Story to a
Make My Own
Order One of Everything on a
See a Broadway
Make a Model

Send for review
Gabe Baltazar
Birth nameGabriel Ruiz Hiroshi Baltazar Jr.
Born (1929-11-01) November 1, 1929 (age 92)
Hilo, Territory of Hawaii
Occupation(s)Musician, conductor, music director
Years active1948–present
Creative World
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service1950–1954
Unit356th Army Band (Fort Belvoir)
Gabriel Ruiz Hiroshi "Gabe" Baltazar, Jr. (born November 1, 1929 in Hilo, Hawaii) is an American jazz alto saxophonist and woodwind doubler.
1 Background and early years
2 Musical education, meeting with Charlie Parker, move to Los Angeles
3 Los Angeles and the Stan Kenton Orchestra
4 Return to Hawaii and later musical career
5 Discography
6 See also
7 Notes
8 Sources
Background and early years
His mother, born Chiyoko Haraga on a Hawaii sugarcane plantation, was the daughter of Japanese immigrants who came to Hawaii to work on the plantations around 1900. His father, Gabriel Baltazar Sr., was born in Manila in 1906 and came to the United States to work as a musician in the mid-1920s. Gabe started playing reed instruments while his younger brother Norman Baltazar took up the trumpet.
Musical education, meeting with Charlie Parker, move to Los Angeles
Gabe Baltazar was first playing music at the age of eleven when he was started on the Eb Clarinet, later he would switch to alto saxophone. There were numerous big bands stationed at Hickam Field during this time (World War II) and Baltazar got to hear Artie Shaw, Sam Donahue, and Claude Thornhill. Batlazar's main influences growing up were Benny Carter, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Willie Smith and Johnny Hodges. By age 16 (1946) he had already been playing professionally for two years and was first introduced to Charlie Parker's playing by jazz trombonist Frank Rehak.
In 1945, Baltazar was the first recipient of a musical scholarship fund at Punahou School of Music under the auspices of the Filipino Art Lovers' Club.
After his graduation from McKinley High School in 1948, he went to study at Interlochen for eight weeks in the summer. Gabe Baltazar then moved to the U.S. mainland from Hawaii to attend Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Maryland for two years. Baltazar notes his meeting with Charlie Parker during a visit to New York in 1948 as one of the biggest musical inspirations of his life. He questioned Parker extensively during this meeting and it would become an inspiration for his own playing to closely resemble that of the famed alto saxophonist.
Baltazar was drafted when the Korean War started and served in the United States armed forces from 1950 through 1954 at Fort Belvoir in Washington D.C. After that he moved back to Hawaii and played with the Royal Hawaiian Band for two years later moving to Los Angeles playing and recording with Paul Togawa in the late 1950s. Baltazar first attended Los Angeles City College on the G.I. bill and then later transferred in 1958 to Los Angeles State College following in the footsteps of the alto saxist and Stan Kenton alum Lennie Niehaus. He eventually completed a B.A. in Music in February 1967 at Los Angeles State College. While there he was initiated into the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia fraternity on December 1, 1957. Baltazar replaced Niehaus in 1960 with Kenton after he was heard on a concert by the bandleader during a Los Angeles State College concert; Baltazar was working for the Russ Morgan orchestra at the time.
Los Angeles and the Stan Kenton Orchestra
Baltazar spent a brief unrecorded period in 1959–60 with the Lighthouse All-Stars. He was heard and worked for numerous players and contractors in the Los Angeles area by this time, eventually being offered the lead alto sax chair with Stan Kenton. From 1960 to 1965, he gained international recognition as a world-class jazz artist with Kenton, recording on 17 critically acclaimed LP's to include backing singers such as Nat King Cole, Jean Turner, and Ann Richards. During this period he recorded a number of well-regarded solos with what would be known as the Mellophonium Bands; his most notable improvisations were from Kenton's Grammy winning albums Kenton's West Side Story and Adventures In Jazz, along with the CD Adventures In Time. One other interesting Baltazar solo that stands out from the Kenton recordings is on Johnny Richards' composition Wagon, which did not get issued until the early 1970s on a Capitol LP compilation; Wagon is part of the extra material re-issued onto the Cuban Fire! CD. Baltazar is widely known as one of the last great jazz soloists of that era of Kenton orchestras, having played on the band with artists such as Marvin Stamm, Sam Donahue, Dee Barton, Carl Saunders, and Don Menza.
After leaving the Kenton organization, Baltazar worked with Terry Gibbs in 1965, and recorded with Gil Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Onzy Matthews, and Oliver Nelson. Between 1965 and 1969 he worked extensively in the Los Angeles recording studios, principally for NBC, where he played in the television orchestras for The Pat Boone Show, The Jerry Lewis Show, The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, The Smothers Brothers Show, and The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.
Return to Hawaii and later musical career
Baltazar returned home to Hawaii in 1969 to rejoin and then become assistant director of the Royal Hawaiian Band. Except for a noted recording done at Capitol Studios which become the last LP Stan Kenton and Creative World would produce just before Kenton's death in 1979 (Stan Kenton presents Gabe Baltazar), his name was scarce during this time in the continental United States as a jazz soloist. Baltazar held the position with the Royal Hawaiian Band until 1985 when he retired from civil service. In 1973, Baltazar played sax and flute in the famous "Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii" satellite broadcast concert and had a close-up flute solo during "An American Trilogy" ("Battle Hymn of the Republic"). In the 1990s, Baltazar visited California often, to be bandleader and record jazz CDs for the Fresh Sounds and V.S.O.P. labels.
In 2012, the University of Hawaii Press published If It Swings, It's Music: The Autobiography of Hawaii's Gabe Baltazar Jr. The book was written by the biographer Theo Garneau, who based the work on extensive archival research, nearly 100 interviews with Baltazar's colleagues, friends, and family, and twenty-six interviews with Baltazar himself.
As a Leader
Stan Kenton presents Gabe Baltazar (Creative World, 1979)
Gabe Baltazar Quartet: Back in Action (V.S.O.P., 1992)
Gabe Baltazar: Birdology (Fresh Sound, 1992)
With Paul Togawa
The Paul Togawa Quartet featuring Gabe Baltazar (Mode Records, 1957; V.S.O.P., 1987; CD issue: 1996)
With Stan Kenton
Two Much! (Capitol, 1960) - with Ann Richards
The Romantic Approach (Capitol, 1961)
Kenton's West Side Story (Capitol, 1961)
Sophisticated Approach (Capitol, 1961)
Adventures in Standards (Creative World, 1961 )
Adventures In Jazz (Capitol, 1961)
Adventures in Blues (Capitol, 1961 )
Adventures in Time (Capitol, 1962)
Artistry in Bossa Nova (Capitol, 1963)
Stan Kenton / Jean Turner (Capitol, 1963) - with Jean Turner
Kenton / Wagner (Capitol, 1964)
With Gil Fuller
Gil Fuller & the Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra featuring Dizzy Gillespie (Pacific Jazz, 1965)
Night Flight with Gil Fuller and James Moody (Pacific Jazz, 1965)
With Onzy Matthews
Onzy Matthews: Mosaic Select (Originally recorded for Capitol 1963–1965. Mosaic, 2007) 3-CD set
With Oliver Nelson
Sound Pieces (Impulse, 1966)
Live from Los Angeles: Oliver Nelson's Big Band (Impulse, 1967)
With Richard Simon
Groove Therapy (UFO Bass, 1995)
With Noel Okimoto
Ohana: Featuring Makoto Ozone and Tiger Okoshi (Roy Sakuma Productions, 2003)
See also
Danny Barcelona
Howard Rumsey
Gabe Baltazar
Gabe Baltazar Gabe Baltazar
Gabe Baltazar Gabe Baltazar Gabe Baltazar
Gabe Baltazar search
searchGabe Baltazar search
Gabe Baltazar dies
Gabe Baltazar funeral details
Gabe Baltazar funeral notice
Gabe Baltazar funeral service
Gabe Baltazar life story
why did Gabe Baltazar die?
who was Gabe Baltazar married to?
who were Gabe Baltazar's children?
was Gabe Baltazar gay?
where did Gabe Baltazar live?
where did Gabe Baltazar work?
where did Gabe Baltazar go to school?
what was Gabe Baltazar's criminal history?
what was Gabe Baltazar's phone number?
what was Gabe Baltazar's email address?
what was Gabe Baltazar's social security number?
what was Gabe Baltazar's blood type?
what was Gabe Baltazar's eye color?
what was Gabe Baltazar's favorite food?
what was Gabe Baltazar's favorite movie?
what was Gabe Baltazar's favorite band?
what was Gabe Baltazar's favorite colour?
what crimes was Gabe Baltazar convicted of?
who attended Gabe Baltazar's funeral?
how tall was Gabe Baltazar?
how old was Gabe Baltazar?
how much did Gabe Baltazar weigh?
how much money did Gabe Baltazar have?
what was Gabe Baltazar's net worth?
was Gabe Baltazar ever married?
what was Gabe Baltazar's IQ?
what was the reason for Gabe Baltazar's death?
was Gabe Baltazar 's nickname?
is Gabe Baltazar really dead?
when did Gabe Baltazar die?
where did Gabe Baltazar die?
what was the cause of Gabe Baltazar's death?
when is Gabe Baltazar's funeral?
where will Gabe Baltazar's funeral be held?
Gabe Baltazar bereavement
Gabe Baltazar casualty
Gabe Baltazar cessation
Gabe Baltazar curtains
Gabe Baltazar darkness
Gabe Baltazar decease
Gabe Baltazar demise
Gabe Baltazar departure
Gabe Baltazar destruction
Gabe Baltazar dissolution
Gabe Baltazar downfall
Gabe Baltazar dying
Gabe Baltazar end
Gabe Baltazar ending
Gabe Baltazar eradication
Gabe Baltazar euthanasia
Gabe Baltazar exit
Gabe Baltazar cause of death
Gabe Baltazar how she died
Gabe Baltazar when she died
Gabe Baltazar where she died
Gabe Baltazar how he died
Gabe Baltazar when he died
Gabe Baltazar where he died
Gabe Baltazar suicide
Gabe Baltazar death
Gabe Baltazar by her own hand
Gabe Baltazar by his own hand
Gabe Baltazar gunshot
Gabe Baltazar murder
Gabe Baltazar robbery
Gabe Baltazar stabbing
Gabe Baltazar car accident
Gabe Baltazar drowning
Gabe Baltazar paper cut
Gabe Baltazar accident
Gabe Baltazar crash
Gabe Baltazar depression
Gabe Baltazar mental illness
Gabe Baltazar cancer
Gabe Baltazar expiration
Gabe Baltazar extermination
Gabe Baltazar extinction
Gabe Baltazar fatality
Gabe Baltazar finis
Gabe Baltazar divorce
Gabe Baltazar alcoholism
Gabe Baltazar brain tumor
Gabe Baltazar lung cancer
Gabe Baltazar naked photos
Gabe Baltazar porn movie
Gabe Baltazar last words
Gabe Baltazar last meal
Gabe Baltazar christian faith
Gabe Baltazar christian worship
did Gabe Baltazar go to heaven
did Gabe Baltazar go to hell
does jesus love Gabe Baltazar
Gabe Baltazar ex husband
Gabe Baltazar ex wife
Gabe Baltazar pet names
Gabe Baltazar finish
Gabe Baltazar grave
Gabe Baltazar heaven
Gabe Baltazar loss
Gabe Baltazar mortality
Gabe Baltazar necrosis
Gabe Baltazar obliteration
Gabe Baltazar oblivion
Gabe Baltazar paradise
Gabe Baltazar parting
Gabe Baltazar passing
Gabe Baltazar quietus
Gabe Baltazar release
Gabe Baltazar repose
Gabe Baltazar ruin
Gabe Baltazar ruination
Gabe Baltazar silence
Gabe Baltazar sleep
Gabe Baltazar termination
Gabe Baltazar tomb
Gabe Baltazar eternal rest
Gabe Baltazar grim reaper
Gabe Baltazar passing over
Gabe Baltazar obituary
Gabe Baltazar legacy
who killed Gabe Baltazar?
what killed Gabe Baltazar?
where was Gabe Baltazar killed?
where was Gabe Baltazar murdered?
how old was Gabe Baltazar?
how dead was Gabe Baltazar?
Gabe Baltazar سبب الوفاة
Gabe Baltazar doodsoorzaak
Gabe Baltazar cause de décès
Gabe Baltazar Todesursache
Gabe Baltazar causa di morte
Gabe Baltazar 死
Gabe Baltazar причина смерти
Gabe Baltazar causa de la muerte
Gabe Baltazar dödsorsak