I just got word that composer and conductor Edwin London has died. Ed was a horn player, and worked with Oscar Pettiford as well as in classical contexts, but it was as a conductor that he was best known. He founded two significant ensembles devoted to new music: Ineluctable Modality, a chorus at University of Illinois; and the Cleveland Chamber Symphony, based at my alma mater, Cleveland State University. I left Cleveland just as Ed was joining the faculty at CSU, but he was generously supportive of my work, conducting performances of my pieces with the CCS. It was with the latter group that Ed made an exceptional contribution to new music, conducting many premieres encompassing a wide range of styles. I don’t know as much of his own music as I should – what I recall had an uncommon playful streak. Here‘s the only example of his music I found online. UPDATE: check the comments section where several composer colleagues have written about Ed and the generous support he offered.