Sunday, April 5, 2009

Bud Shank (1926-2009)

I was saddened to learn of Bud Shank's passing this weekend.

When I was an undergrad student at NIU, the program was great about bringing in artists for long residencies and performance tours. Bud was the guest artist during the Fall semester of my Freshman year.

I was entranced by his playing and his lectures and clinics we very formative for me. I was really effected by his honesty, frankness and depth of knowledge without being pedantic. I remember a great conversation we had about how I felt there there was too much polarity in music and he paid me a very nice compliment about my "mature outlook". Needless to say, I was buzzing for weeks on that. His alto playing continues to knock me out and his music will be in heavy rotation today.

Here is a link to Doug Ramsey's remembrance and a KILLIN video...