Billy Bauer, 89, a jazz guitarist who worked with Lennie Tristano, Benny Goodman and Woody Herman, died June 17 in Melville, N.Y., of pneumonia.
Mr. Bauer worked with Woody Herman's First Herd from 1944 to 1946, and he recorded with small groups led by several members of the band, including Chubby Jackson and Bill Harris. In 1946, he joined pianist Tristano's group, in which he played intricate harmonic arrangements with Tristano and saxophonists Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz.
Mr. Bauer founded a music publishing company and went on to work with Goodman and Charlie Parker. He recorded one album as leader, in 1956, and from the 1970s until his death worked primarily as a teacher. His autobiography, "Sideman," was published in 1997.
Ronald Winans, 48, a Grammy-winning member of the Winans gospel quartet and pioneer in helping take gospel music mainstream, died June 17 in Detroit of a heart ailment.
He and his brothers Michael, Marvin and Carvin released their first album, "Introducing the Winans," in 1981. Their style borrowed elements of R&B, and the group continued to push the musical boundaries of gospel into the 1990s, especially after signing with Quincy Jones's Qwest Records.
Mr. Winans, who sang on five Grammy-winning albums, released his final CD, a live recording, in January. The group was inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2001.
Gerald A. Brown
Gerald A. Brown, 90, a member of the National Labor Relations Board for 10 years, died of congestive heart failure June 19 in Sacramento, the national labor board announced.
Mr. Brown was appointed to the NLRB in 1961 by President Kennedy and was reappointed in 1966 by President Johnson. He was named chairman of the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board and served from 1976 to 1981.
Born in Olustee, Okla., Mr. Brown received a bachelor's degree in 1935 from West Texas State College and a master's degree from the University of Texas in 1938. He taught high school and college until joining the NLRB in 1942. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Forces, then rejoined the NLRB in Chicago, Memphis and San Francisco before accepting the California job.
Beach Volleyball Guru
Volleyball guru Charlie Saikley, 69, who ran the prestigious Manhattan Beach Open for decades and was known as the "Godfather of Beach Volleyball," died of cancer June 17 at his Manhattan Beach, Calif., home.
Association of Volleyball Professionals commissioner Leonard Armato said Saikley was known worldwide for organizing beach volleyball tournaments.
"He liked to build consensus and enjoyed the essence of what beach volleyball is about -- world-class athleticism coupled with the beach lifestyle," Armato said.