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Monday, May 16, 2016

RIP Buster Cooper.

Buster Cooper, one of the last of the great Ellingtonians passed away on Friday, May 13. The trombonist was with Duke for most of the 1960s appearing with the band at Newcastle City Hall on at least two occasions (1965/67). Like all of Ellington's soloists, he had a very distinctive style that varied from boisterous humour to romantic lyricism. Prior to joining Ellington, Cooper had a spell with Lionel Hampton and in later years with the Frankie Capp Juggernaut. Although 87 when he passed away he was still gigging up to February this year.
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Lance.

1 comment :

CCJAZZMEN said...

Very sad news indeed. Saw him at the City Hall weth the Duke in the late 70's. Always did enjoy his playing, and was having a listen to The Symphonic Ellington on the Reprise label that he solo's on before I did read your post. And as you said, one of the last of the great Ellington sidemen. R.I.P

Colin Aitchison - Hong Kong.

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