EmptyJoel Dorn, a Grammy-winning record producer who worked with such artists as Roberta Flack, Max Roach and the Neville Brothers, died Dec. 17 of a heart attack in New York. He was 65.
A former disc jockey at a Philadelphia jazz station, Dorn was perhaps best known for his work with Atlantic Records' jazz stable from 1967-74. Working alongside the label's jazz chief, Nesuhi Ertegun, he brought a pop sensibility to works by such musicians as Roach, Herbie Mann, Les McCann and Eddie Harris, Mose Allison and Rahsaan Roland Kirk.
In the pop field, he helped set Bette Midler and Flack on the course to stardom, producing their debut albums. He and Flack won consecutive record of the year Grammys for "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (1972) and "Killing Me Softly With His Song" (1973).
St. Clair Bourne, a documentarian who made more than 45 films dealing with black culture, died Dec. 15 in a New York hospital after an operation to remove a brain tumor. He was 64.
As head of his own production company, Chamba Mediaworks, Bourne produced the Emmy- nominated feature-length documentary "Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks," about the photojournalist and filmmaker, for HBO.
With Wesley Snipes as executive producer, Bourne directed "John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk," a feature-length docu about the respected historian and Pan-African activist. He also directed the two-hour docu "Paul Robeson: Here I Stand!" for PBS' "American Masters" series.
Floyd Red Crow Westerman, an American Indian activist, actor and folk singer who appeared in "Dances With Wolves" and performed with Willie Nelson and other musicians, died Dec. 13 of complications from leukemia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He was 71.
The entertainer appeared in dozens of movies and television shows, including in recurring roles as Uncle Ray Firewalker on "Walker, Texas Ranger" and George Littlefox on "Dharma & Greg."
His most memorable movie role was in Kevin Costner's 1990 Oscar-winning Western epic. He played the Sioux leader Ten Bears, who befriends Costner's character.
A public memorial for Ike Turner, the R&B giant who died Dec. 12 at 76, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at City of Refuge/Greater Bethany Community Church in Gardena, Calif. Details: (310) 516-1433. A public viewing is scheduled from 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Thursday at Angelus Funeral Home in Los Angeles.