[JPL] Aladar Pege, 66, Renowned Jazz Bassist, Dies

r durfee rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 29 16:40:23 EDT 2006


September 29, 2006
Aladar Pege, 66, Renowned Jazz Bassist, Dies 
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BUDAPEST, Sept. 28 (AP) — Aladar Pege, a bassist who
moved with ease from jazz to classics, died Saturday.
He was 66.

He died in a hospital after an unspecified brief
illness, family members told the state news agency
MTI.

Mr. Pege formed a jazz ensemble in 1963. In 1982, he
appeared at Carnegie Hall with Herbie Hancock, to wide
acclaim. After that concert, Sue Mingus, the widow of
the jazz bassist and composer Charlie Mingus, gave Mr.
Pege her husband’s instrument.

Mr. Pege’s most memorable performances included
virtuoso duet recordings with the pianist Walter
Norris and tours with the band Mingus Dynasty.

In his later years he focused on classical works,
often transcribing and performing pieces written for
other instruments because of the bass’s limited solo
repertory.

Aladar Pege was born on Oct. 8, 1939, in Budapest,
into a family of Gypsy musicians. He did not start
playing the bass until he was 15, but he quickly
attracted the attention of his teachers and his fellow
musicians.

After finishing his studies at the Liszt Ferenc
Academy of Music in Budapest in 1969, Mr. Pege became
a teaching assistant and later a professor at the
school.



Roy Durfee
P.O. Box 40219
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87196-0219
rdurfee2003 at yahoo.com

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