Sir Charles Thompson and Jeremy Steig(1)

October 11, 2016

Charles Thompson in 1950. Photograph: Gilles Petard/Redferns

Charles Thompson in 1950. Photograph: Gilles Petard/Redferns

JEREMY STEIG :Photo from www.jeremysteig.info

Jeremy Steig:Photo from http://www.jeremysteig.info

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.

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Bennie Moten’s Kansas City Orchestra

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)

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