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Howard Rumsey, one of founding fathers of 1950s West Coast jazz, passed away at age 97 on July 15th.

He ran the Lighthouse club in Hermosa Beach for many years, and was bass player in the Lighthouse All-Stars for well over a decade.

Edited by jazzkrow
wrong beach name quoted

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Sorry-did not see another posting in Artists for Rumsey's passing...

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RIP.  He was a giant.

I had no idea that he was still with us.

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Playing "Lighthouse at Laguna" tonight.  I've always loved the Lighthouse records.  Some really great Rosolino on those.  RIP Mr. Rumsey.

 

gregmo

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97 years. Wow ...

RIP.

He was a musical catalyst who made things happen.

 

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Sad news.  I love those Lighthouse recordings.  Thanks Howard,RIP.

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RIP.  He was a giant.

I had no idea that he was still with us.

I agree. I had no idea he was still alive. I hope his last years were comfortable. I've only seen a few 97 year old men whose life is still good at that age.

RIP Mr. Rumsey - you made some great music and ran one of the best Jazz clubs in the world. Quite a legacy.

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I haven't heard much of his playing, but I fondly remember Sandi's posts about the Lighthouse days from the old JC and AAJ days (speaking of someone whom I miss).  I'll have to check out the interview with Rumsey on Jazz Wax, because he must've had some interesting stories to tell.  Thank you for the music, Mr. Rumsey, and rest in peace.

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I can't believe I missed this, but for a jazz musician from that era and from that coast he lived a very, very long time. The Lighthouse for me has now officially entered the realm of myth.....

Indeed, RIP, Mr Rumsey.

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