Thara John Memory, beloved teacher, husband, father and friend, died June 17 after an extended illness. He was 68. Dr. Memory is survived by his mother, Sarah H. Memory, and four siblings, Lexie A. Memory, Patsy L. Harris, Starry K. Jackson and Tracy B. Memory; also by four children, Tahirah A. Memory, Thara K. Memory, Takiyah K. A, Memory, Ankoma C. J. Memory, and his wife Karen Memory, of the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. Dr. Memory, an outstanding musician, teacher, composer and conductor, has received numerous awards and accolades. Most notably, in 2013, together with his student Esperanza Spalding, he won a Grammy for arranging; in 2014 he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music. One of his proudest moments was when his high school Jazz orchestra, the American Music Program, won the prestigious Essentially Ellington competition in 2015. Music was his life and he lived his motto, "You can't keep it if you don't give it away", every day. Dr. Memory impacted and is missed by hundreds of students, fellow musicians and friends. A life celebration is being planned.

Thara Memory and Esperanza Spalding have won the Grammy for "Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalists" for the song City of Roses.


Chronicle is Thara Memory's latest album featuring guest artists Israel Annoh, Stan Bock, Skip Elliot Bowman, Daniel Brewster, Renato Caranto, Marilyn Keller, Stevie Ray Mays, Warren Rand, Janice Scroggins, and many others

You can purchase your copy of "Chronicle" online at CD Baby or at Music Millenium