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RIP Bud Shank

Discussion in 'In Memoriam' started by Ed, Apr 4, 2009.

  1. Ed

    Ed Founder Staff Member Administrator

    From Jazz Times:

    Bud Shank, an alto saxophonist and flutist whose career spanned more than a half century, died April 2 at his home in Tucson, Ariz. The cause was not available but Shank was said to have had “some ongoing health issues.” A day earlier Shank had been in San Diego recording a new album. Shank was 82.
  2. saxismyaxe

    saxismyaxe Friends of the WF Distinguished Member

    Sad news indeed. The old lions are not immortal alas, and we have lost quite a few in the last year and a half.
  3. Gandalfe

    Gandalfe Admin and all around good guy. Staff Member Administrator

    The man will be missed. Check here for some of his music. I really like his minority with Phil Woods. Good stuff.

    Washington Post sez: Pioneer of Cool Jazz Improvised 'California Dreamin' ' Solo
    Bud Shank, 82, who brought Brazilian music to U.S. audiences, helped define "cool jazz" in the 1950s and played the dreamlike flute solo on the Mamas and the Papas' 1965 hit "California Dreamin'," died April 2 at his home in Tucson. He had a lung ailment.

    Last edited: Apr 5, 2009
  4. Groovekiller

    Groovekiller Distinguished Member Distinguished Member

    Bud Shank was from my home town (Dayton, Ohio) and his first teacher was my clarinet teacher, Bob Enoch. This obit hits close to home.
  5. How sad. I completely missed this until now. I believe he was one of the first to join Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars in Hermosa Beach, CA (SoCal) a West Coast Jazz group of some prominence at that time.

    I remember his album with Laurindo Almeida, a classic, IMO.

    The NYT obit indicated on the day he died he went to a San Diego recording studio session as a "musician for hire" after his doctor told him to do so would mean he would die. He went and the doctor was right. He died of a pulmonary embolism.

    Another jazz great with a wonderful legacy has passed.
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