from The Buffalo News:

Two members of Chuck Mangione’s band, Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett, were among the passengers killed on Flight 3407, Publicist Sanford Brokaw said today.

They were en route to Buffalo for tonight’s performance with the Buffalo Philharmonic, which has been postponed.

In a statement to the Associated Press, Mangione said: “I’m in shock over the horrible, heartbreaking tragedy.”

BPO spokesman Mike Lazzaro said a new date for the concert would be announced at a later date.


From Matt Jorgensen: Coleman Mellett and I played in The Delegates together from 1998 – 2001. He was married to vocalist Jeannie Bryson and they performed in the Northwest in recent years at Bake’s Place and the Anacortes Jazz Festival. They vacationed every summer in the San Juan Islands and we would play gigs together when they were here. My thoughts go out to Jeannie.

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