Just got an email to day to say that Elvin passed away this week - here's the text from the mail: "It's with a heavy heart and deep sadness that I inform you all that our beloved friend Elvin Jones passed away today, Tuesday, May 18th at 2:46 p.m. eastern time in New York. He was 76 years young. Please take a moment to pause and remember this very special person. I do not have any information regarding a funeral service, and respectfully ask that you not call about it. Rest assured we will post whatever information is appropriate on our website, or Joe Testa (Yamaha) or I will communicate it via e-mail. In the meantime, please pray that his journey be a safe and peaceful one. God Bless you, Elvin. With thanks, John John P. DeChristopher Director of Artist Relations & Event Marketing Worldwide Avedis Zildjian Company-World Headquarters" The guy was an amazing drummer who made a huge contribution to both jazz and drum technique - he#ll be missed.