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Celebrating the Life of Howard Rumsey



Life Member. Bass
(11/7/1917 – 7/15/2015)

By Glenn A. Mitchell, Life Member

Longtime jazz bassist, entrepreneur and educator Howard Rumsey passed away July 15, 2015, at 97 years. Rumsey brought jazz to the west coast in a big way after leaving the original Stan Kenton Orchestra. He helped Lighthouse owner John Levine by getting an OK to produce Sunday afternoon jazz at the Lighthouse. Several years later he also ran the famous Concerts by the Sea in Redondo Beach for a number of years until his retirement in 1985, bringing many famous world-class jazz artists to both venues. Continue reading