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Cliff Bastien: 1939-2003
Cliff Bastien
Trumpet, banjo, drums

Born: 1939 in London, England
Died: February 8, 2003 in Toronto, Canada

Popular New Orleans-style jazzman

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Cliff (Kid) Bastien was a notable figure on Toronto's traditional jazz scene for over 40 years,,

He emigrated to Canada in 1962, and played with a succession of bands in Toronto, including the Black Eagle Jazz Band and the Louisiana Joymakers. He led his own groups, including the Magnolia and Camelia jazz bands and, from 1980 onwards, The Happy Pals.

His Saturday afternoon residence at Grossman's Tavern began in 1968. He was know for a raw, energised brand of New Orleans jazz which placed the emphaisis on entertaining his audiences, and for encouraging young musicians in the city, where he gave many an aspiring musician his or her start.

He was a sign painter by profession. He was found dead in his apartment of an apparent heart attack.

JJA members are invited to submit a full obituary or appreciation.

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With 1 reader comment, posted June 16, 2005