Cornelius Bumpus

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Cornelius Bumpus

Cornelius Bumpus (May 7, 1945 – February 3, 2004) was an American woodwind, keyboard player and vocalist from Santa Cruz, California.

Bumpus began his musical career playing alto saxophone at ten for his school band, and by age 12 he was playing at Luso-American dances. In 1966 he was in Bobby Freeman's band and after this he began his associations with many well-known groups.

His role in these bands was primarily as a saxophonist. His most notable touring was with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan. Bumpus toured with Steely Dan from 2000 to 2003. In 2002 he worked on the Big Blue Earth project sponsored by the Church of Christ, Scientist. Bumpus enjoyed a short tenure with Café Society, a Los Angeles pop band, during the 1980s where he played in a horn section with the trombonist Dan Levine and trumpeter Anne Petereit King.

In 1981, Bumpus issued his first solo LP, A Clear View, which featured his singing, writing and sax playing, stretching out with the band on several, long, jazzy jams over six minutes each.

Bumpus died of a heart attack in 2004 while on a flight from New York to Los Angeles, aged 58.[1]


With Clifford Coulter

Live Grape album, Escape Records, 1978, songs: Set Me Down Easy, composer, vocals and organ; Honky Tonk, saxophone; Up in the Air, backing vocals; Cuttin' In, vocals


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