EmptyJoe Zawinul, a major jazz keyboardist who was one of the founders of the fusion movement, died Sept. 11 in Vienna. He was 75.
Zawinul was born in Vienna and came to the U.S. on a scholarship from Berklee Institute in Boston. He played with Maynard Ferguson and Dinah Washington before joining alto saxophone great Cannonball Adderley in 1961 for nine years, during which he wrote several widely covered songs, among them the funk standard "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy."
He won praise for his electric keyboard work on such pioneering Miles Davis albums as "In a Silent Way" and "Bitches Brew," then joined Wayne Shorter to co-found the fusion group Weather Report, recording a series of albums including "Heavy Weather," "Black Market" and "I Sing the Body Electric."
After that band's breakup, he founded the Zawinul Syndicate in 1987.
Nancy Littlefield, who headed New York City's Office of Motion Pictures and Television for five years under Mayor Edward Koch, died Aug. 30 of lung cancer in Delray Beach, Fla. She was 77.
As director of the film office from 1978-83, Littlefield was responsible for bringing film production to New York by making it easier for producers to obtain permits.
After leaving her city post, she served as president of a Queens film studio and then joined Queens Public Television, where she served as executive director for 20 years.
Robert Garlock, head of the talent division at PR firm 42West, died Sept. 2 in New York from complications of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was 41.
Garlock joined 42West as a partner in May 2005 and represented such actors as Penelope Cruz, Hugh Grant, Clive Owen, Hilary Swank, Uma Thurman, Sigourney Weaver and Kate Winslet.
Earlier, Garlock spent 16 years at PMK/HBH, where he worked on the campaigns of more than 40 feature films, including "Pulp Fiction," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," "Rushmore," "The Royal Tenenbaums," "The English Patient" and "The Hours."
Melissa "Stanley" Cohen, a production coordinator on several feature films, died Aug. 28 at Mercy Hospital in Baltimore of complications after gallbladder surgery. She was 36.
Cohen had been working on Touchstone Pictures' "Step Up 2 the Streets." She also served as a production coordinator on "Failure to Launch," "Ladder 49," "Osmosis Jones," "The Wedding Planner," "Me Myself & Irene" and "Random Hearts" and was production supervisor on "Antwone Fisher." In the 1990s, she was assistant production coordinator on "12 Monkeys," "For Richer or Poorer" and "Washington Square."
When Cohen reached town in her early 20s, she sought work as a grip but couldn't get her phone calls returned until she changed her name from Melissa to Stanley, her father's moniker. The name stuck. She was a member of IATSE Local 161.
Michael Woulfe, a veteran Hollywood costume designer, died Aug. 30 of natural causes at the Motion Picture & Television Home in Woodland Hills. He was 89.
He started his career at age 25, designing gowns for Sylvia Sidney in the James Cagney production of "Blood on the Sun." His work on this film made him the first gown designer to receive a screen credit. From the early 1940s through the late '50s, he worked under contract for RKO Studios, serving as head designer on more than 100 films. He specialized in designing gowns to be worn by Howard Hughes' starlets, including Ava Gardner, Janet Leigh, Jean Simmons, Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe.
Woulfe's films include "The Thing From Another World," "The Locket," "Two Tickets to Broadway," "Clash by Night," "The French Line" and "Jet Pilot."