September 26, 1924 ~ April 9, 2008
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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