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date: 05 December 2019

Rumsey, Howardlocked

  • Scott DeVeaux
  • , revised by Barry Kernfeld


(b Brawley, CA, Nov 7, 1917; d Newport Beach, CA, July 15, 2015). American double bass player. He played drums as a youth, and changed to double bass while at college. His first important engagement was with Vido Musso’s band in the late 1930s. The band’s pianist, Stan Kenton, formed his own ensemble in 1940, and Rumsey joined it in 1941 as the double bass player. From 1942 he worked as a freelance in southern California and in 1949 formed a group that became resident at the Lighthouse Café, Hermosa Beach, near Los Angeles. He remained associated with the club for nearly 20 years, and eventually became its manager and joint owner. The first Lighthouse All Stars was a bop group featuring Teddy Edwards, Sonny Criss, and Hampton Hawes. When in 1951 Rumsey formed a new group, still known as the Lighthouse All Stars and including Shorty Rogers, Jimmy Giuffre, and Shelly Manne, the Lighthouse became an important centre for innovative jazz on the West Coast. The All Stars continued from late in ...

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