[JPL] trumpeter Lou Colombo, R.I.P.

Eric Jackson eric_jackson1 at verizon.net
Mon Mar 5 08:21:15 EST 2012


Thanks for passing along the news, Tom.

Eric Jackson
WGBH Boson


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On Mar 4, 2012, at 3:09 PM, Tom Reney <tr at wfcr.org> wrote:

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> Sunnie Paxson "Bohemian Sun" (Roxboro Entertainment) has arrived on the JazzWeek chart!  This is jazz pianist Sunnie's debut on Grammy-awarde winning bassist Stanley Clarke's Roxboro Entertainment Group. "Bohemian Sun" is a chance for Sunnie to return to her straight-ahead jazz roots with Stanley on bass and Ronald Bruner, Jr. on drums. Sunnie says "My goal is to make people feel good" and this record does just that! Spread the word and share the sounds!
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> Sad news of the death of Lou Colombo in a car crash last night in Ft. Myers, Florida.  Lou was a mainstay of the jazz scene between Cape Cod, Providence, and Boston for over 50 years, admired by everyone from Louis Armstrong and Bobby Hackett to Tony Bennett and Dizzy Gillespie.  I saw him many times with Dave McKenna, Dick Johnson, Gray Sargent, and others.  He played my sister Sue's wedding in 1984.  He always swung hard and fostered good vibes.  With the deaths in the past three years of McKenna at 78, Johnson at 85, and now Colombo at 84, a generation of regional jazz greats has left us.  It's small consolation, but Lou spent his last night playing music.
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> http://www.capecodonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20120304/NEWS11/120309884
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> The Cape Cod Times obituary includes this excerpt from a 1988 interview of Dizzy Gillespie by Eric Jackson of WGBH in Boston.
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> /"Lou Colombo is what I would call a trumpet painter, he resolves. He starts playing and the notes keep going, but the chord keeps changing all the time. He's a marvelous trumpet player./
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> /"I went one night to hear him play. Boy, he asked me to play with him and I said 'No- you got it Brother. I'm not going to jump into that hot water'. Lou's pretty weird the way he plays because he plays with just one hand. He plays the valves with his right hand but doesn't hold the horn with his left hand. This guy's amazing. I've been preaching his name ever since that night I first heard him down on Cape Cod ."
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> Here's a link to his Concord Jazz release/I Remember Bobby/ which featured McKenna and Sargent.
> http://www.amazon.com/I-Remember-Bobby-Lou-Colombo/dp/B0000006J3
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> Lou never seemed more than a few feet away in the venues where I heard him, but the only footage I can find of him is this clip shot from a distance last year on the Cape.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0QFWEgYs00&feature=related <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0QFWEgYs00&feature=related>
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> ABOUT "BOHEMIAN SUN":
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> "Sunnie Paxson's new release "Bohemian Sun" contains everything that makes an album stand out to me: melodic original compositions mixed in with new takes on some standards, with nimble piano playing, harmonic sophistication, virtuosic accompaniment, gorgeous arrangements. An early candidate for "Record of the Year" in 2012! I'm drawn into this record more every time I spin it!"
>    Dr. Brad Stone, Music Director, KSJS-FM, San Jose
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> "From the opening notes of "Seabound", I had a feeling that this was going to be an enjoyable listening experience and my ears did not disappoint me.  Sunnie's Bohemian Sun recording not only showcases her piano playing at the highest level but also puts her compositional skills on display.  Add in Stanley Clarke as bassist/producer as well as some strings and you have one of 2012's top jazz recordings thus far."
>    Eric Cohen - Music Director-WAER 88.3- Syracuse , NY
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> "Sunnie Paxson's "Bohemian Sun" shines bright in a musical landscape awash with predictability and mediocracy.  Showcasing her compositional skills, not to mention those killer chops, the project sheds light on who this award-winning artist really is. Add to this the bass lines and productions skills of Stanley Clarke and you've got a recording that radiates with clarity, soulfulness and purpose. Needless the say, "Bohemian Sun"  will definitely brighten up your day."         Joe Zupan  WICN 90.5/WICN.org    Jazz + for New England
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