A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene for decades, Bany was 81 years old

John Bany

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US jazz bassist John Bany died on 5 November 2023, aged 81.

Bany was born and raised in Ohio, fifth in a family line of bassists and tuba players. He studied bass with Charlie Medcalf, Harold Roberts and Richard Topper, all bassists with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and earned a degree in music from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.

Bany won the United States Air Force Worldwide Talent Contest in 1964 and toured with the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra. His playing and vocals made him a fan favourite at numerous jazz festivals, including the original Big Horn Festival in Ivanhoe, Illinois, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Mid-American Jazz Festival in St. Louis, the Elkhart Jazz Festival and the Atlanta World Music Fest.

He recorded with numerous musicians, including Joe Venuti, Bud Freeman, Eddie Higgins, Bonnie Koloc, Chuck Hedges and Don DeMichael. As a writer, Bany was a regular contributor to Bass World magazine in the 1980s, reporting on the jazz scene in Chicago. He served as editor of the International Society of Bassists’ magazine from 1984 to 1988.

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