Bud Shank, May 27, 1926 -- April 2, 2009
A charter member of the West Coast or Cool Movement in jazz, Shank was a tireless individual on the concert, club, and recording scene for 55 years. Like so many great jazz players, Shank came up through the Stan Kenton organization.
He was a first-call studio player on both alto sax and flute, and a founding member of the esteemed L.A. Four. He explored Indian music with Ravi Shankar and Brazilian sounds with Laurindo Almeida. Shank was prominent in the 1960’s Bosa Nova craze. That’s his flute on The Mamas and The Papas’ “California Dreamin’.” One of his best known recordings is 1969’s “The Windmills of Your Mind” on Pacific Jazz.
Photograph by Roger Kallins. Courtesy of Patricia Darlington.