R.I.P. Ernie Carson
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Posted 12 January 2012 - 12:37 AM
I just got word that Dixieland cornetist Ernie Carson died on Monday in his native Portland, Oregon at 74 years of age. He was part of Atlanta's Dixieland scene in the 1970's; he was based in New Orleans in the 1980's and 90's before moving back to Portland. During his New Orleans years, he played on Pud Brown's Jazzology album Palm Court Strut; the title tune, written and sung by Danny Barker, was a local hit in 1992, and is still played by many bands in the Crescent City. Other than the news from a Facebook friend, I can't find anything about Carson's passing on the web, and that saddens me. He was one of those journeyman musicians that form the backbone of jazz. By all reports, he was quite a character as well as being a great cornetist. So long, Ernie Carson.
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