Subscribe now to start getting your magazines and music


January 2018 Cover
December 2017 Cover

Strings Attached Jazz Guitar Series

Heavy metal community mourns death of jazz drummer


By: Joe Pye

On May 21, Nick Menza, former drummer of the band Megadeath, died at age 51 after suffering a heart attack while performing with his jazz trio, OHM, at The Baked Potato jazz club in Los Angeles.

Nick’s father, Don Menza, a German-born jazz saxophonist, arranger, composer and session musician, played with Buddy Rich’s big band in 1968. He influenced the younger Menza’s drumming career, as did jazz drummers Louie Bellson and Nick Ceroli.

Menza was a father of two children. Megadeath frontman Dave Mustaine released a statement saying the band would be playing a benefit concert with proceeds going to Menza’s children. “The band has already agreed to do a benefit in California; we’re working out the details,” Mustaine said. “We’re hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni for Megadeath to come there and play with us so that we can leave behind something for Nick’s children.”

© 2018 JAZZIZ Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

Shopping Cart


Strings Attached Jazz Guitar Series Monthly Residence at Zinc Bar

Current Spotlights

Michael McDonald
10 actors who played real-life jazz artists
2018 GRAMMYS: Best Latin Jazz Album nominees
2018 GRAMMYS: Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album nominees

New Releases Record Bin

REVIEW: Günter “Baby” Sommer - Le Piccole Cose: Live at Theater Gütersloh
REVIEW: Regina Carter - Ella: Accentuate the Positive
REVIEW: Ignacio Berroa Trio - Straight Ahead From Havana
REVIEW: The Angelica Sanchez Trio - Float the Edge
REVIEW: Gerald Clayton - Tributary Tales
REVIEW: Duende Libre - Duende Libre

© 2018 JAZZIZ Publishing. All Rights Reserved.

What's your favorite jazz?