RIP Cornelius Bumpus

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  1. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Saxophonist Cornelius Bumpus, a former member of the Doobie Brothers who has performed with Steely Dan since 1993, died Tuesday en route to a series of performances in California. He was 58.

    Bumpus had a heart attack on a commercial flight from New York, said his friend, Rod Harris, an organizer of the Columbia College Jazz Concert Series, where Bumpus was to perform this week.

    "I was expecting to hear from him today, then his wife called," Harris said. "She told me that they landed in Kansas City. We spoke for maybe about three or four minutes about the shock of it all."

    Bumpus' wife told Harris that her husband was dead when the plane made an emergency landing.

    Steely Dan, on its Web site, expressed its "profound sorrow and sympathy to Cornelius' wife and family."

    Bumpus began his career at age 10, playing alto saxophone in the school band in Santa Cruz, Calif. In 1966, he spent six months performing with Bobby Freeman, and joined Moby Grape in 1977, writing one tune for the "Live Grape" album. Bumpus also recorded two solo albums and toured with his own band.

    Since performing with The Doobie Brothers in the early 1980s, Bumpus played with a number of bands, most recently with Steely Dan, which won the "Album of the Year" Grammy for its 2000 "Two Against Nature" release.

    His relations with his former Doobies bandmates turned contentious in the late 1990s, when they sued him and several other musicians over their use of the Doobies name. A federal judge in 1999 ruled against Bumpus and the other musicians, ordering them not to use the name.
  2. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    RIP. You will be missed Cornelius. :bawl:
  3. There are old Doobie Bros. albums in my closet with his photo. Mother and I have been fans of the Doobs and Steely Dan since the early 70's. May he RIP.
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
  5. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    RIP, CB...

    I was a big Doobies' fan back then; the version found on One Step Closer(w/ Bumpus) was quite good.

    Time to pull out SD's Two Against Nature DVD.
  6. Bard2dbone


    Aug 4, 2002
    Arlington TX
    :( Damn. So many folk dying lately. RIP
  7. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Atlanta, GA!

    I got to see him here in Atlanta in 2000 at Chastain Park with Steely Dan, that was an amzing show... He played his butt off, he will be missed.

    Rest in peace my brother.
  8. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
  9. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    I think the article meant joined Moby Grape in '67,
    not '77. Typo.

    See you on the other side, bro.