It is with great sorrow and a profound sense of loss that we announce the passing of Mili Bermejo on February 21 after a nine-month battle with cancer. She was 65.
A beloved fixture on the Boston music scene for more than three decades, Mili was a prolific vocalist, composer and educator. Her singular sound was defined by its unique combination of the emotionally resonant poetry and musical traditions of her Latin American heritage with the language of jazz, which she studied with such well-known masters as Jerry Bergonzi, Ran Blake and Mick Goodrick.
Throughout her long career, she worked extensively as a bandleader and recording artist, joined by such frequent collaborators as Bruce Barth, Gary Chaffee, Eugene Friesen, Bertram Lehman, Vardan Ovsepian, Claudio Ragazzi, Tim Ray, Bert Seager and George Schuller among many others. Her final recording, Arte del Dúo (Ediciones Pentagrama), celebrates her 35-year musical partnership with her husband, bassist Dan Greenspan, and was included on Jon Garelick’s Best Jazz releases of 2016 list in the Boston Globe.
More information is available on her web site at milibermejomusic.com.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home in Cambridge, Massachusetts.