Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
soulpope

Juni Booth (1948 - 2021)

10 posts in this topic

Screenshot-2021-07-12-075113-booth.jpg

Juni Booth (1948 - 2021) .... R.I.P ....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sad loss. Saw him play at the Vision Festival with Billy Bang and Frank Lowe, that was a treat. Pretty sure it wasn't the only occasion but that concert really sticks out.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RIP.  Appreciated his work with McCoy Tyner.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

He was around 18 when he first recorded with Sonny Simmons and Marzette Watts for ESP. A talented guy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

RIP and thanks for being there and doing that.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

The SmallsLIVE Foundation Newsletter
 


Dear Friends:

As I got ready to write my weekly newsletter I heard the news about bassist Juini Booth passing.  It kind of took the wind out of my sails.  I've known Juini since I was a young man and he was always very kind to me.  I remember the first time I'd ever even heard of Juini Booth was when I was 18 years old and knew the McCoy Tyner "Live at Montreux" with Juini Booth on bass.  He gets a long and rhapsodic bass solo interlude between McCoy's expansive compositions.  Playing with a beautiful tone and soulful melody - it's one of those solos that has stayed inside me all my musical life.  The first time I met him on the streets of the East Village, at some session in some dive bar, I couldn't believe I was meeting him.  I sang his solo for him note for note.  He looked pleased and smiled.  From that time we were always friends and he always called me "Michael" rather than my more familiar nickname, Spike.  As I developed over the years we were friendly and did play together on occasion.  When I took over Smalls I began to book his groups through the years.  He always had a friendly and affectionate "hello, Michael", whenever I saw him.  More recently I saw him during the blur that was COVID.  He came by the club when New York was deserted and offered words of encouragement.  His peaceful and gentle demeanor and slender frame - with beboppers heart and the soul of the warrior musician.  I will miss this person and another window in the rapidly fading old New York.  Rest in Peace, my friend - Juini Booth.

Spike Wilner

Edited by kh1958

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for sharing that.  It's beautiful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On 12.7.2021 at 7:41 PM, kh1958 said:

The SmallsLIVE Foundation Newsletter
 


Dear Friends:

As I got ready to write my weekly newsletter I heard the news about bassist Juini Booth passing.  It kind of took the wind out of my sails.  I've known Juini since I was a young man and he was always very kind to me.  I remember the first time I'd ever even heard of Juini Booth was when I was 18 years old and knew the McCoy Tyner "Live at Montreux" with Juini Booth on bass.  He gets a long and rhapsodic bass solo interlude between McCoy's expansive compositions.  Playing with a beautiful tone and soulful melody - it's one of those solos that has stayed inside me all my musical life.  The first time I met him on the streets of the East Village, at some session in some dive bar, I couldn't believe I was meeting him.  I sang his solo for him note for note.  He looked pleased and smiled.  From that time we were always friends and he always called me "Michael" rather than my more familiar nickname, Spike.  As I developed over the years we were friendly and did play together on occasion.  When I took over Smalls I began to book his groups through the years.  He always had a friendly and affectionate "hello, Michael", whenever I saw him.  More recently I saw him during the blur that was COVID.  He came by the club when New York was deserted and offered words of encouragement.  His peaceful and gentle demeanor and slender frame - with beboppers heart and the soul of the warrior musician.  I will miss this person and another window in the rapidly fading old New York.  Rest in Peace, my friend - Juini Booth.

Spike Wilner

Thanks for sharing this !

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Please sign in to comment

You will be able to leave a comment after signing in



Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.