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RIP Charlie Haden, Tommy Ramone and Lennie Sogoloff

The jazz and rock world was dealt three notable deaths over the last few days. Two are very recognizable, innovative jazz bassist Charlie Haden and Tommy Ramone, the drummer and last surviving original member of the Ramones. The third, Lennie Sogoloff is not as well-known, but he ran Lennie's-On-The-Turnpike, a legendary jazz club on Boston's North Shore.

NPR's Arun Rath described jazz musician and composer Charlie Haden, who died July 11 at 76:
 
Haden was one of the most respected and admired musicians in jazz. His fierce commitment to the music was matched by his intense belief in the rights of all human beings, and he spoke out for those rights verbally and musically around the world. As a young singer, Charlie Haden was struck by polio which foiled that career. So he switched to the acoustic bass where he developed a signature sound. In Los Angeles in the late 1950s, he teamed up with saxophonist Ornette Coleman to help pioneer a new style of music called free jazz. Later, Haden went on to lead his own groups, most notably the Liberation Music Orchestra.

All About Jazz has a round-up of interviews with Haden.

Remembering Charlie Haden

The wide range of Haden's output available in our collection is available here.

Tommy Ramone died at 65 of cancer. The Ramones' story is well told, but a few resources shed light on Tommy in particular. The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk by Steven Lee Beeber (ML3534.3 .B44 2006) describes his background as a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who lost most of his family in the Holocaust. The Ramones: End of the Century (DVD 1593), the Grammy-nominated documentary about the band, offers of a view of Tommy as more mentally stable than his bandmates, a cause or effect of his being the first to leave the band.

Rolling Stone has one of his final interviews:

Tommy Ramone on Birth of the Ramones: 'It Was Time for Something New'

Sogoloff's name and his venue are such an intrinsic part of the Boston jazz scene that they crop up throughout our oral history project interviews; some of which are available streaming, and all are on DVD. Sogoloff himself participated in a panel at Berklee in 2005, Who Put the Bop in the Boston Soup (DVD 2223).

The Boston Globe has an obituary for Sogoloff:

Lennie Sogoloff, 90; ran legendary jazz club Lennie’s-on-the-Turnpike

Sogoloff donated his collection of photos from the club to Salem State University, who have published them on Flickr. Looking at the photos, you get a sense of the tiny stage and low ceilings but also the impressive array of talent that came through the place.

 

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