Danny Barker, a banjo player and guitar virtuoso who played with jazz giants of all eras, died Sunday of cancer. He was 85.Barker, who was known for his guitar playing with Cab Calloway’s orchestra, was particularly fond of the banjo and contributed significantly to the midcentury ragtime revival. He also played with King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Red Allen, Bunk Johnson, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Wynton Marsalis.
* * *William Dance William Dance, actor, dancer and choreographer, died Feb. 14 in Waterbury, Conn. He was 53. Dance was a member of the Actors Guild of New York and of the Prince Street Players. He also was office manager of the Juilliard School of Music. He appeared in plays on Broadway and Off Broadway. Dance worked for Walt Disney Prods. in many Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parades. Survivors include his mother, two sisters, a brother and 10 nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made in Dance’s name to the Juilliard School of Music, 60 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, N.Y., 10023-6588. A service will be held at 5 p.m. Monday atJuilliard.
* * *John Harrison JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — John Harrison, the British Broadcasting Corp.’s chief television correspondent in southern Africa, died March 9 in a car crash. He was 48. Harrison joined the BBC as a correspondent in Westminster, England, and was a special correspondent on the “Nine O’clock News” before becoming chief political correspondent based in London. He transferred to South Africa in 1991. Survivors include his wife and two sons.
* * *Robert Kooiman Robert (Dirk) Kooiman, an actor whose career spanned several decades in theater, television and movies, died March 7 in Los Angeles of pneumonia. He was 64. Kooiman’s Off Broadway credits in the early ’50s included “Ulysses in Nighttown” with Zero Mostel and “Summer of the 17th Doll.” Television credits included roles in “Naked City” and “The Defenders” as well as various soap operas. Survivors include his companion, Michael Tan; a brother, a sister and several nieces and nephews.
* * *George Tipton George Tipton, singer and composer, died March 7 of a heart attack in New York. He was 60. Tipton was a lead tenor for years with Joe Boatner’s Ink Spots. He was featured in “Hair” on Broadway and in Europe. He provided some of the music track for “Cotton Comes to Harlem” and all the music for the Harlem documentary “Sunday on the River.” Survivors include numerous siblings.