Richard M. Sudhalter died two years ago today. A superb writer and musician, he was the author of the definitive biography of Bix Beiderbecke and played cornetbeautifullyin the Bix tradition. Here he is with the New York Jazz Repertory Company at a Town Hall concert in the early 1970s, playing Beiderbecke’s “Davenport Blues.” With him are Kenny Davern, bass saxophone; Bob Wilber, clarinet; Ephie Resnick, trombone; Marty Grosz, banjo; Chauncy Morehouse, drums; and Dill Jones, piano. The cornetist to Dick’s left, paying close attention, is young Warren Vaché, Jr.
For an archive piece posted here when Dick Sudhalter died, and comments about him from Rifftides readers, go here.