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Howard Rumsey, West Coast Bassist and Entrepreneur, Dies at 97

Led Lighthouse All-Stars, played with Kenton, others

Howard Rumsey

Howard Rumsey, a bassist best known as the leader of the Los Angeles-based Lighthouse All-Stars during the 1950s, and as a club owner, died July 15 in Newport Beach, Calif., of an unreported cause. He was 97.

Born in Brawley, Calif., on Nov. 7, 1917, Rumsey studied piano and drums before switching to double bass. After a number of engagements with local musicians, he joined the band of Stan Kenton in 1941, followed by stints with Charlie Barnet and Barney Bigard.

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