It is with profound sorrow that we announce the untimely passing of Artie Traum, a brilliant and creative musician as well as a much-beloved husband, brother, uncle and friend.
Four years ago, Artie was diagnosed with a rare ocular melanoma, and he had been undergoing regular treatments for it. In May, however, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to his liver, and it was incurable. Like everything else in his life, Artie handled his diagnosis with dignity, strength and acceptance – and even a little of his irreverent humor. He died peacefully, at home on Sunday, July 20, with his devoted and loving wife of 28 years, Beverly, at his side.
Artie was a man of many talents: He was an exceptionally fine guitarist, a creative composer, songwriter and arranger, a dynamic and engaging performer, a record producer, and a wonderful guitar teacher/clinician. He also had enormous skills as a prose writer and documentary video producer, and had an incisive, inquiring mind and a quick wit.
Artie was extremely appreciative of his many fans, and you all returned the sentiment, which was hugely gratifying to him. If you have ever approached him after a concert or workshop appearance you’ll have been a recipient of his warmth, generosity and sincere willingness to help aspiring players at any level.
Artie was a bright, funny, and vibrant person who had countless friends throughout the US and around the globe. The outpouring of grief and concern has been very gratifying to us throughout his illness and now during this period of mourning. We are very grateful.
The Traum Family