Bernie Cash

b. 18 January 1935, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, d. 7 October 1988, Germany. Cash began performing as a trumpet player and during the traditional jazz boom of the 50s worked with Bruce Turner, among…
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b. 18 January 1935, Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, d. 7 October 1988, Germany. Cash began performing as a trumpet player and during the traditional jazz boom of the 50s worked with Bruce Turner, among others. In the 60s he switched to bass and although adept enough to teach the flute, piccolo and most of the saxophone family, it was on bass that he established his musical reputation. Also in the 60s he began a long musical partnership with fellow bass player Peter Ind, with whom he played and recorded. In the late 70s Cash formed his Great Jazz Solos Revisited Orchestra, designed to feature his arrangements of transcribed classic solos by past masters such as Charlie Parker and Louis Armstrong. Among the musicians Cash admired was Lester Young; in 1982 he obtained his MA degree at the University of Hull with a thesis on his idol. Four years later, Cash wrote the score for the jazz opera Prez, with book and lyrics by Alan Plater. Apart from his jazz work Cash also played regularly with the BBC Northern Symphony Orchestra, Yorkshire Opera and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. It was during a European tour with the RPO that he collapsed and died in 1988.