Berklee Today

Final Cadence

  Tommy "T-Bone" Stinson

Celebrated jazz pianist John Hicks '60 of New York City died suddenly on May 10 after being rushed to the hospital. He was 64. Hicks played with a long list of jazz greats including Art Blakey, Betty Carter, David Newman, Johnny Griffin, Pharaoh Sanders, Kenny Dorham, Lou Donaldson, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Lester Bowie, and many others. He had recorded numerous albums in solo and group settings. Hicks leaves his wife, flutist Elise Wood, daughter Naima Yemenejah, son Jamil Malik Hicks, granddaughter Chintamini Hicks, a brother, and two sisters. Visit for more information.

Keyboardist Tommy "T-Bone" Stinson '73 of New York City passed away unexpectedly on March 1, 2006. He was 53. He worked with many different musicians, including Esther Phillips, Son Seals, Pee Wee Ellis, Taj Mahal, Grover Washington, among others. He played with Swingadelic since 1998, including a performance at Lincoln Center in 2005 and on the band's 2005 CD Big Band Blues. Stinson had also released four CDs as a leader. He is survived by his twin daughters and his ex-wife, Sharon Stinson.

Bassist Allen Paulino '76 of Beverly, MA, died at home on February 7. He was 50. Paulino and his band the Real Kids were a fixture in the Boston punk scene during the late 1970s. In his later years, Paulino worked as a substance abuse counselor. He leaves his father Leo, stepmother Shirley, a brother, three step-brothers, and a stepsister.

John Noone '78 of Peabody, MA, died suddenly at home on February 6. He was 48. Noone played bass and studied composition at Berklee. He later earned a degree in business at Salem State University. He worked as a materials manager for Winchester Hospital. He is survived by his mother, Alva, wife, Teresa, son, Jordan, as well as a brother and sister.

Guitarist Mark Phillips '78 of Wakefield, MA, died on February 3 after a battle with cancer. He was 46. He was a self-employed musician and had served in the Army National Guard for several years. He is survived by his parents, James and Sandra Phillips, and two brothers.

Former faculty member Frank Withey '98 of West Bridgewater, MA, died unexpectedly on April 24. He was 51. Withey received his undergraduate degree from Berklee and his master's degree from Boston Conservatory of Music. While guitar was his main instrument, Withey was proficient on several others and performed frequently with local jazz and rock bands. He leaves his daughter Tai Essl, a sister, and a brother.

Phoebe Zaslove-Milligan, a former member of the Berklee Board of Trustees, passed away on April 1 at home after battling cancer. She was 52. Zaslove-Milligan was a well-known investment banking executive and a patron of the musical arts. She was a classical pianist and had studied at the Juilliard and Manhattan schools of music and earned her bachelor's degree in music from Boston University. She leaves her husband, Charles Milligan, and two stepsons.

Word has reached us that Tony Parker (a.k.a. Anthony Procopio) of Wayland, MA, died in November 1999. Parker studied with Lawrence Berk in the 1940s at Berk's first school, the Schillinger House, and performed actively as a pianist throughout the Boston area until his death.