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A Tribute to Richard M. Sudhalter New York, January 2009 Albert Haim http://bixbeiderbecke.com Richard Merrill Sudhalter 1938-2008 Musician, Author, Jazz Historian Educator A Celebration of His Life January 2009 The Defining Moment in Richard’s Life

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A Tribute to

Richard M. Sudhalter

New York, January 2009

Albert Haim

http://bixbeiderbecke.com


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Richard Merrill Sudhalter

1938-2008

Musician, Author, Jazz Historian

Educator

A Celebration of His Life

January 2009


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The Defining Moment in Richard’s Life

Interview in August 1999 www.allaboutjazz.com

EJ: Do you recall the first time you were attracted to music? DS: Yes, with absolute clarity, though it was nearly half a

century ago. I was twelve, and had flogged away at the piano

for nearly five years without discernible result, when one day

I found a Bix Beiderbecke record ("San," with Paul

Whiteman's orchestra) in my father's record cabinet. He

was an alto saxophonist, equally adept at "legit" and "hot"

styles, and among his idols no one ranked higher than Bix and

his saxophone-playing partner, Frank Trumbauer. The ringing,

sweet-hot sound of Bix's cornet on that record electrified

me; animated and astonished me. I couldn't wait for my dad

to get home so I could ask him:

“Who is Bix Beiderbecke?" From that day on I was hooked on

Beiderbecke in particular, hot jazz in general.


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  • Jerry Jazz Musician

  • Interview by Paul Morris, July 23, 2002

  • If you could pick any event

  • in jazz history to attend, what would it be?

  • RMS  I guess I have to split it into three even parts.

  • - To have been in the crowd at Roseland the night

  • the Goldkette orchestra bested Henderson's band.

  • To have been in the crowd at the Club New Yorker

  • when Rollini unveiled his wonderful new band.

  • To have heard the Whiteman orchestra live,

  • anywhere, in the early weeks of 1928.


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Courtesy of Norman Field


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Richard was an

educator

Richard’s writings provide an

education, not just information!


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Mr. Phillip D. Atteberry, Professor of Music at the University of Pittsburgh, the Mississippi Rag, April 1999

Most books embellish or refine an existing way of

thinking. Only a few books prompt us to think in fundamentally new ways, to see a subject through an entirely new lens. “Lost Chords” is one of those rare books.”

Mr. William Youngren, Atlantic Magazine, February 1999

“Lost Chordsis a lifetime guide to its subject – the sort of book that in a sense one never finishes.”


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Norman Field Sep 20 2008 in

Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides writing about

J.R.T. Davies and Richard Sudhalter

Both of them were mentors to me; John in person,

and Richard mostly by his books and recordings.

Still, the only effective tribute we can really pay

to human beings of this exalted stature, is to do

our best to live up, however modestly, to the

very high standards they set.


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Dear Albert,

Finally it's Saturday, affording me a chance

at last to read through the printout of your

Beiderbecke web page, which arrived yesterday.

As you'd expect, I enjoyed it; certainly any Bix

cyber-enthusiast is going to have the time of his

(or her) virtual life here.

**************************************************************

1442 words of highly detailed comments after reading

ca. 200 pages in a few hours. A bit of praise, but then …


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*****THE FINAL YEARS: I fail to see in what way "Friend With

Pleasure" anticipates the swing era.  Bix apart, it's an

all-too-characteristic arrangement of its time. You can argue that

such Casa Loma records as "San Sue Strut" anticipate swing

band methods and sounds, but this?  If you're determined to

contend that, you must support it with firm musical evidence.

*****BOOKS: "BB: Sein Leben, etc." It's not enough to say your

Deutsch isn't up to it. Find someone who speaks the language

and knows the subject. Scheuer does all right, but falls into some

familiar traps.  You owe your readers more than a disclaimer that

reads like a cop-out.

1442 words!!! Richard even corrected typos.

The educator in action. Another dimension to Richard’s intellectual

qualities. Generous, but highly demanding.


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The Mississippi Rag, October 2008

Richard Sudhalter Obituary by Albert Haim

I owe an immense debt of gratitude to Richard

Sudhalter. His writings, in particular Bix, Man and

Legend, had a profound impact on me. Had it not

been for Richard's comprehensive, insightful, and

deeply moving account of Bix's life, my own life

would have charted a far less rewarding course.

Ultimately, I was inspired to create the Bixography

website (www.bixography.com), embarking upon a

marvelous and endlessly evolving adventure.

Thank you, Richard!


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Richard Lives

  • In his music

  • In his brilliant scholarship

  • In his ever-expanding field

  • of influence and inspiration


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Next 8:25-8:30

Classic Jazz Quartet Reunion

JOE MURANYI - clarinet

MARTY GROSZ - guitar

Dick Sudhalter, cornet

Joe Muranyi, clarinet

Dick Wellstood, piano

Marty Grosz, acoustic guitar


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