Who was Oliver Beener?

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  1. IzzyGoldberg

    IzzyGoldberg New Friend

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    Dear Mr. Wise / Forum members,

    I originally posted this thread in the Jazz forum but didn't get more than one response ( most likely due to the title of the thread, which I was unable to edit for some reason).

    Years ago, when I was hanging out with some of the old-time jazz veterans, someone brought up the name of trumpeter Oliver Beener. Everyone present hailed him as one of the unsung heroes of jazz. They said he used to hang out and play with Clifford.

    I googled him and only found a few records he plays on, but only as a section member (with Ray Charles).

    Any information on Mr.Beener and his recorded legacy (as a soloist) would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    Daniel
     
  2. Joe DiMonte

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    If your question goes un-answered on this board,may I suggest you contact Mr.Rufus Reid,bassist and frequent visitor to Pittsburgh,Pa.
    I may be wrong but I'm quite sure I heard the name Oliver B. from Mr.Reid

    Good luck and pursue your inquiry in learning more about music-makers who are not necessarily household names.

    KJ in the 'Burgh
     
  3. oohhh yeah

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    What's that mean?
     
  4. IzzyGoldberg

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    Thanks Joe! :-)

    D.
     
  5. Joe DiMonte

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    Originally Posted by IzzyGoldberg >>>>unsung heroes of jazz. <<<<<<<

    What's that mean?


    I'm quite sure Izzy meant a non-household name.
    Post 1963 and outside NYC,I doubt most people heard of Doc Cheatham until he appeared with Nicholas Payton during the mid 1990's.

    I salute Nicholas for exposing Mr.Cheatham to the masses.

    Long live Bop and the Boppers !
    KJ
     
  6. wiseone2

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    allmusic.com is a great place for this kind of research. Oliver played in fast company. He was quite the player. Check him out!
    Wilmer
     
  7. IzzyGoldberg

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    Thank you Mr. Wise !
     
  8. Coppens

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    Hi,
    I learned about Oliver Beener reading an interview with Bob Brookmeyer. Oliver Beener was going to be the successor of trumpeter Jon Eardly in the Gerry Mulligan band. His name was spelled as "Oliver Beaner" in the interview. Brookmeyer said he was very good and characterized his playing as somewhere between Chet Baker and Miles Davis. He seems to have been with Mulligan for something like two weeks or so.
     

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