Rhode Island’s musician community and all of Newport was reeling on Sunday when word spread that Malcolm ‘Mac’ Chrupcala, a long-time local musician, band leader and teacher had died.
Chrupcala, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday night, according to family members.
(Editor’s Note – An earlier version of this story stated Chrupcala was 65, that information was pulled from his Facebook account where he states he was born on “July 15, 1951″.}
Besides hosting a residence with The Mac Chrupcala Trio at the Atlantic Beach Club for 22 years, Chrupcala was well known as a pianist-composer, band leader, veteran player, producer and teacher. Chrupcala had more than 30 original recordings to his credit.
Dozens of updates, from near and far, were posted on Facebook by friends, family, fellow musicians and businesses on Sunday as people learned of Chrupcala’s passing.
The following anonymous quote on Mac Chrupcala Orchestra’s website may best summarize exactly what Chrupcala meant to many;
It will take just a few moments to comprehend the depth of talent and pathos that combine to make an audible work of art. In a time where innovation can translate to non-musicality – Mac Chrupcala shines with sensibility and spontaneity. Whether you experience his talent in a live performance or through one of his recordings, you will be moved…you will want to hear more.
Mac’s talent could take him around the world. Yet, his world of jazz exists very nicely in Newport, Rhode Island. He has a successful jazz showcase at The Atlantic Beach Club every Sunday which features the very best players in the area accompanied by his tried and true trio (Artie Cabral on drums and Alan Bernstein on bass). This well-attended jazz series has proven to be an incredible true-jazz platform and promises to validate jazz as an art form for another season. In an area that boasts jazz as an attraction, Mac Chrupcala is at home.
Our thoughts are with Chrupcala’s friends, family and loved ones during this difficult time.