Calder Spanier: Age 33 | Cause Of Death: CAR CRASH

Calder Spanier

(died 4 Dec 1997)

Charlie Hunter / Curvature

In addition to his work with Curvature, Calder recorded two albums for Blue
Note with the Charlie Hunter Quartet. Before this, Calder had played with Charlie on the streets of Europe at a time when both musicians were honing in on their individual sounds.  In addition to the saxophone, Calder played guitar and composed many of the tunes the Quartet played, and was about to release a CD of more jazzy vocal pop tunes he had written before his tragic death on December 4, 1997.   Calder was on his way back from a gig in San Francisco when his car stalled on the Bay Bridge. As he went to fill his car with gas, he was struck by on oncoming vehicle. His death is a huge loss for the Bay Area music community. Anyone who had the opportunity to catch the Charlie Hunter Quartet live could easily see he gave 120 percent to the music. — another CS link