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Zeldar 12-06-2012 09:04 PM

Living Jazz Players over 90
 
With the recent passing of Dave Brubeck at age 91 (a day short of 92) I started wondering how many of his generation are still around and perhaps even active.

The first to come to mind is Marian McPartland who is 94.

Help build a list of others.

WordMan 12-06-2012 09:49 PM

Hmm. Hank Jones died recently. Sonny Rollins is in his 80's - is that close enough? Same with guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and piano player Ahmad Jamal...

K364 12-07-2012 01:26 AM

Ramsey Lewis is a young pup: born May 27, 1935 (age 77)

K364 12-07-2012 01:39 AM

Never heard of him, but how about "The Fiddling Viking" - Svend Asmussen, born 28 February 1916 (age 96)

Jeff Lichtman 12-07-2012 02:30 AM

He's not as big a name as the ones that have been mentioned so far, but Lionel Ferbos is 101 and still working.

Zeldar 12-07-2012 08:32 AM

Not everybody on List of jazz musicians has an age listed but at least these do:

Clark Terry
Chico Hamilton
Yusef Lateef

Chefguy 12-07-2012 10:12 AM

Eugene Wright, Brubeck's old bassist, will be 90 next year.

Sonny Rollins is still a youngster at 82, as is Ornette Coleman and Pete Fountain. Fats Domino is 84.

GrandWino 12-07-2012 10:48 AM

I'm blanking on his name but there's a guy that still plays every Saturday night in New Orleans who is 100 years old. He played with Louie Armstrong.

astorian 12-07-2012 11:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by K364 (Post 15771394)
Ramsey Lewis is a young pup: born May 27, 1935 (age 77)

Just a few years ago, my wife and father-in-law got to see him here in Austin at the Paramount Theater as opening act for... Dave Brubeck!

Jeff Lichtman 12-07-2012 02:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Ducca (Post 15772137)
I'm blanking on his name but there's a guy that still plays every Saturday night in New Orleans who is 100 years old. He played with Louie Armstrong.

Is it Lionel Ferbos, whom I mentioned in post #5? I never heard that he played with Armstrong, although he did play with some other greats such as Mamie Smith and Captain John Handy. He is 101 years old and leads the Palm Court Jazz Band in New Orleans every Saturday night.

GrandWino 12-07-2012 02:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jeff Lichtman (Post 15772936)
Is it Lionel Ferbos, whom I mentioned in post #5? I never heard that he played with Armstrong, although he did play with some other greats such as Mamie Smith and Captain John Handy. He is 101 years old and leads the Palm Court Jazz Band in New Orleans every Saturday night.

Yes, him. He was on a recent episode of Treme. Maybe I'm misremembering him talking about playing with Armstrong.

Chefguy 12-07-2012 05:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Ducca (Post 15772137)
I'm blanking on his name but there's a guy that still plays every Saturday night in New Orleans who is 100 years old. He played with Louie Armstrong.

Louis. Louis Armstrong. And he pronounced it "Lewis".

GrandWino 12-07-2012 05:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chefguy (Post 15773633)
Louis. Louis Armstrong. And he pronounced it "Lewis".

Not according to this.

Quote:

It's like Louis Armstrong-he spelled his name Louis, but he liked it to be said as Louie, too, instead of the "s" being sounded.
And also here from the Wiki citations:

Quote:

Armstrong was registered as "Lewie" for the 1920 U.S. Census. On various live records he's called "Louie" on stage, such as on the 1952 "Can Anyone Explain?" from the live album In Scandinavia vol.1.

Chefguy 12-07-2012 07:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bob Ducca (Post 15773783)
Not according to this.



And also here from the Wiki citations:

"This is Louis, Dolly." And in any case, it's not spelled "Louie".


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