There have been two recent passing of musicians with ties to the Northwest.

Bassist Mark Bullis passed away on January 5th in Palm Springs after a brief illness from diverticulitis complications. He was 54.

Bullis was active on the Seattle scene performing Mondays with Ronnie Pierce at Amore, in addition to performances with Steve Allen, Diane Shure, Barbara McNair, Johnny Barnes of the Platters, Edmonia Jarrett, and Hadley Caliman. He also performed with the Seattle Philharmonic and the Bellevue Philharmonic.

Shortly before his death, Bullis recorded a CD with pianist Sam Pannunzio and drummer Lionel Kramer which will be released later this year.

More information is available here.

Pianist Tricia Woods, who was a student at Cornish College of the Arts in the early-90s and continued to perform in Seattle until moving to New York, passed away in her home in Mapplewood, NJ, on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 after a long battle with breast cancer.

She was forty-four years old. Tricia was born and raised in Tupper Lake, New York, attended Brown University where she majored in biology, studied music at Cornish College in Seattle and received a Masters in Music at City College in New York City. She was a beloved piano teacher and active member of the Maplewood, New Jersey community over the last seven years.

She is survived by her husband, Gregory Jones and her son, Christopher Woods-Jones.

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