CADENA, Oscar "Ozzie" Born September 26, 1924 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, passed away peacefully April 9, 2008 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Torrance with family by his side. He was a long time resident of Newark, NJ, a city that he loved, until 1974 when he relocated to Hermosa Beach, CA. He served as a Marine in the South Pacific from 1943 to 1945. After WW II, he attended Dalcroze School of Music in New York City. Ozzie was a life-long lover and promoter of Jazz, Blues and Gospel music. He was a talented and respected Music Producer and an A & R Man from the late 1940s to the early 1970s, working mainly for Savoy, Prestige, Choice (his own label), Muse, Blue Note and Fantasy Records. In addition to his career in music, he was the proprietor of The Grab Bag record store in New Jersey and later opened a shop of the same name in Hermosa Beach. In the 1980s he also worked for United Airlines. He continued to promote and present Jazz in Hermosa Beach and at other Los Angeles area venues up until he suffered a stroke in 2006. His family keeps that tradition alive. Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, Ozzie is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gloria; sons, Pru and Dez; daughter, Lori; grandsons, Kyle and Bret Cadena and sisters, Victoria Shear and Beatrice Festagallo. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Janus and brothers, Larry and Steve Cadena. Honoring his wishes, his ashes will be scattered and there will be no formal service. A tribute concert will be announced at a later date. Online condolences may be left at Lafuneral.com. The family requests that you honor his memory by attending a Jazz performance and showing your support for the musicians to whom he dedicated his life.

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  1. Being from Newark, NJ, as was Ozzie, I got a chance to be influenced by his passion and knowledge of jazz as an aspiring high school music student. I would pass Savoy Records on my way home from school and there would be Oz waiting to introduce me to his latest production, “I want you to hear this bass player, he plays a little out of tune but is a real MFer.” It was Paul Chambers 1st recording. I will be indebted to him forever. May he rest in peace.

  2. I just want to say what I am sure many others have already: I am thankful to the good Lord that every now and then he blesses us with someone like Ozzie. Ozzie enriched the lives of many doing what he did best keeping his music alive. I will miss him very much. My condolences go out to you Gloria, Ozzie’s great supporter. Without you he would not have been able to do the things he did. May God rest his soul and may He bless and console you Gloria and all of the family. Frank Loiacano

  3. Our deepest sympathies to the family of Ozzie Cadena from the residents of Village Mobile Home Park.

  4. I’ve known and loved Ozzie and Gloria for over 30 years. I have been telling great stories about Ozzie for most of those 30 years and will continue to do so until I catch up to him. Of course, Ozzie never stopped moving, so catching up to him may not be possible. Keep up the tradition Gloria, Lori, Des and gang!

  5. Words cannot express our feelings. Our deepest sympathy,sorrow and Love to all of you. We will always keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Alwaya, Carla and Alloy

  6. Ozzie has been sorely missed at the Lighthouse and Sangria where it was always nice to chat with him and see him saying hello to people€”always so devoted to jazz!! Now,knowing he’s gone, he leaves a sad vacuum. Thank you, Ozzie, for your sweet and warm personality,like Gloria’s too, and making jazz possible for so many of us to enjoy. Thank you to Gloria and your daughter for carrying the torch. THANK YOU!!!—Susana Hernndez Araico

  7. Our sincere condolences to all the Cadena’s. I am sure the other GREATS up there will be welcoming Ozzie to create and organize some SUPER jam sessions. Our Love, Ruck and Deirdre

  8. Our thoughts are with the family of Ozzie at this sad time…we will honor Ozzie by attending jazz events whenever possible and always thank him for keeping jazz alive in Hermosa Beach for many years. With love and our deepest sympathy…Al & Mary Ocampo

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