October 11, 2016
Charles Thompson in 1950. Photograph: Gilles Petard/Redferns
Two jazz musicians died in Japan in this year.
“Sir Charles Thompson” and “Jeremy Steig.”
I want to post jazz musician who loved Japan this week.
Sir Charles Thompson died June 16 in a hospital near Tokyo. He was 98.
He was born in Springfield, Ohio, on March 21, 1918.
His father was a Methodist minister, on church assignments.
Then their family settled in Colorado Springs and he began to train as a pianist at about age 6.
He mostly learned by listening to jazz records and was soon earning good wages at house parties.
In 1930 the Bennie Moten jazz band with Count Basie came to Colorado Springs.
Count Basie summoned him up on stage during a break( he was only 12).
Also he met Buck Clayton in Parsons, Kansas.
So I guess he became more likely to play with Basie’s members on his musical life.
Here is Sir Charles Thompson plays “What’s New” (1964)