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Died On This Date (April 2, 2009) Bud Shank / Jazz Sax Great

Posted by themusicsover on April 2, 2010

Chad “Bud” Shank
May 27, 1926 – April 2, 2009

Photo by Paul Slaughter

Bud Shank was an American jazz musician who began his musical journey on the clarinet and flute but mostly made his mark on the saxophone.  When he got out of college, Shank moved to Los Angeles where he was one of the architects of West Coast Jazz of the ’50s and became one of the first jazz musicians to venture into Latin music working with Laurindo Almeida.  Throughout his career, Shank worked with the likes of Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers, Ray Brown, and Ravi Shankar.  Bud Shank passed away on April 2, 2009 of pulmonary failure at the age of 82.

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