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Bude Jazz Festival 1995 - Medley
by clarinetist Jim Beatty with John Shilito Band
CATCH-UP: Jim Beatty (1934 to 2019) was an American 'jazz' clarinetist and saxophonist. James William Beatty was born in Jamestown, New York, USA, on June 9th 1934. Born to a Swedish mother and English father, he was first given a clarinet for his eighth birthday and promptly fell in love with 'New Orleans Jazz'. Growing up in Jamestown allowed Beatty to travel to New York City and other nearby locations to listen to jazz musicians as a teenager - there, he would sneak into bars and clubs to hear musicians such as Omer Simeon, 'Wild' Bill Davison, Henry 'Red' Allen, George Lewis, Sidney Bechet and Louis Armstrong, on many occasions introducing himself to them. (Bechet was Beatty's idol growing up, and Omer Simeon soon became a close friend and mentor too.) He started his own career playing in bands by travelling to places such as New Orleans and Los Angeles with the prime intention of just listening to the 'jazz' there. However, after the onset of the Korean War he was drafted into the US Army, and managed to get a place with the Army Band School. After finishing basic training, he was then sent to the Army School of Music and on to the 184th Army Band stationed in Fort Eustis, Virginia. Beatty and that band once played for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip of England during their tour of Jamestown and Williamsburg (he was a featured soloist). After being discharged in 1958, Beatty started performing gigs back in Jamestown and also in western New York, then travelled throughout the US and Canada playing a variety of jobs. In 1964, he again moved back to Jamestown to form his own band, 'The Dixielads'. The late 1960s saw him move his family to Portland, Oregon, where he played with Monte Ballous's 'Castle Jazz Band' before forming 'The Jim Beatty Jazz Band'. During the 1970s, he played for nightclubs, parties and 'jazz' clubs in Portland and throughout the west coast, as well as in concert with the 'Turk Murphy Jazz Band' and other various 'jazz' legends. During his career, he played on both American coasts and toured the world in countries such as China, Russia and the United Kingdom, appearing on over 50 recordings (15 of his own). He was a guest of honour at the 80th birthday celebration of King Simeon of Bulgaria in 2017, and latterly continued to play locally in Portland and sometimes in Palm Springs, California. Jim Beatty died from complications of a stroke at Lake Oswego, Oregon, on March 12th 2019, aged 84.
Posted: 23rd August 2019
Hundreds of very talented musicians pass away each year, some without much recognition at all. On "Rest In Peace", I aim to give them a fitting 'send-off', with a decent Tribute. I hope you will join me in marking their passing.....
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