AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 36 YEARS
Pain Relief Beyond Belief
Time: October 15, 2013 from 11am to 1pm
Location: WESTMINSTER CHURCH
Street: 400 I STREET SW
Website or Map: http://washingtondcjazznetwor…
Event Type: butch, warren, funeral, serices
Organized By: WASHINGTON DC JAZZ NETWORK
Latest Activity: 15 hours ago
Edward Rudolph "Butch" Warren, a D.C. native who played as the "house bassist" for Blue Note Records in the late 1950s and early '60s and was recognized as a local jazz legend, died Saturday night of lung cancer at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, MD. He was 74.
Warren, famously troubled for much of his life, was nonetheless an icon of jazz in the District. He was the reigning forefather of the D.C. bass sound. For several years he gigged regularly in D.C., weekly at the original Twins on Colorado Avenue NW and, more recently, at Columbia Station in Adams Morgan, where he played until 2010 as leader of the Butch Warren Experience (alongside his friend and quasi-caretaker, pianistPeter Edelman). His last years found him appearing on the bandstand much more sporadically, though usually with a hero's welcome; on August 9, he appeared at a celebratory concert for his own 74th birthday at Westminster Presbyterian Church in SW. It was his final public performance.
Born in Washington in 1939, Warren began playing bass professionally at age 14 with his father, the pianist Edward Warren. After attending D.C.'s Coolidge High School for one year, the younger Warren went to Harbison Junior College in South Carolina to study music, returning in 1959 in time to meet and play with celebrated trumpeter Kenny Dorham at Bohemian Caverns. Only 19, Warren followed the trumpeter back to New York and began gigging steadily with him; it was with Dorham that Warren entered the recording studio for the first time in January 1960.
Other important gigs followed, including with the hard bop quintet led byDonald Byrd and Pepper Adams. That date, which produced the 1961 albumRoyal Flush, began a long and fruitful collaboration with Blue Note Records, which deemed Warren the house bassist for its recordings of the period. In that capacity Warren performed several sessions with Jackie McLean, Dexter Gordon, and, perhaps most importantly, the debut recording by Herbie Hancock, Takin' Off. In 1963 he joined the quartet of pianist Thelonious Monk, accompanying it on a world tour in early 1964. Read more here...