The melody lingers on for Butch Warren as a life of legendary performances reaches a coda. The musician died of lung cancer.
Aug. 9, 2013Butch Warren plays during a jazz tribute held in honor of him during Friday Night Jazz at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington. The tribute was also a birthday celebration for Warren, who turned 74 on Aug. 8. The former Blue Note Records house bassist’s performance might have been his last — a few months ago, he learned he has terminal lung cancer.Astrid Riecken/For The Washington Post
In the early '60s, Warren was the engine, the foundation, the timekeeper, the insinuator, on recordings starring Herbie Hancock and Thelonious Monk. He played at the Apollo Theater and appeared at Carnegie Hall. But now he's entering his last jam.