posted 11/07/04 11:25 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
I for one was very saddened to hear of Joe Bushkin's death (my daughter came rushing in to tell me yesterday morning after reading it on the internet). He clearly loved Bing - you have to look no further than to watch Bing's Norway concert to see how well they worked together and what a great musician he was. As well as several of his LPs and 1 CD, I have a lovely photo of him on the sheet music for "Manhattan" framed on my Bing wall (with 2 current photos which Patti Dey kindly sent me from last year's conference.) Actually I'm surprised that no body else has added anything under this topic!
posted 11/08/04 07:58 AM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
Don't forget he also played on "Personality". When he fluffs the intro, Bing says "Take off the boxing gloves, Bush".
He also plyed with B.C. associates Bunny Berigan and Tommy Dorsey, who referred to him as "Jumpin' Joe Bushkin" Joe also played for fellow Dorseyite F.S. at the Parmount during Frank's lean years in the early 50s.
posted 11/08/04 10:06 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
Anyone who was at the Hofstra University 3-day symposium on Bing in 2002 will tell you of all the wonderful stories and rememberences Joe Bushkin had of Bing which he enthusiastically shared with all who attended any of the workshops Joe participated in, and certainly at the gala dinner wrap-up on Saturday night. Joe was not an easy man with a compliment, as he soundly castigated other entertainers in whom he did not see the attributes he saw in Bing. I also remember seeing an old black and white TV special where Bing and Joe both appeared.
posted 12/02/04 11:56 PM Central Time (US) contact the author directly
Joey Bushkin dead? Sad. Frank Sinatra remembered Joey as, among other things, a lover of Pernod- said that all the Coca-Cola around TD's band turned up green when Joey was around! Not everyone knows it, but Joey played trumpet as well. Bushkin's work with Bing must be at least as good as Bing's sessions with Bob Scobey in 1957, even better.