Sunday 22 September 2013

Harry Babasin, 1921-1988 (American jazz bassist, nicknamed "The Bear")

* In 1947, Harry Babasin recorded the first cello solos known in jazz music, with the Dodo Marmarosa Trio. In order to do so, he tuned his strings in fourths. In later cello ensembles he added a bass player. He and Oscar Pettiford did a session together with two cellos. In the mid-1950s, he put together his own ensemble, Harry Babasin & the Jazzpickers, who played regularly at the Purple Onion in Hollywood; this ensemble released three albums. His career cooled in the 1960s; he supported Bob Hope on USO tours. In the 1970s he and Roy Harte initiated the Los Angeles Theaseum, a jazz archive and preservation society. 

Babasin had Mars unaspected in its own sign Aries. Surely the mark of a true pioneer. 

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: Yervant Harry Babasin, Jr., 19 March 1921, 16:30 (4:30 PM) CST (+6), Dallas, Texas, USA (32n47, 96w48). ASC: 2 Virgo. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes birth certificate on file.

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