“It was almost like a marriage, really — you understand what I’m saying? It was always there.”Trombonist Buster Cooper, on the closing of St. Petersburg’s Garden Restaurant, where he has played for fifteen years. Cooper, who spent most of the 1960s with Duke Ellington, is now eighty, and one of the last Ellingtonians. As the clip accompanying the article makes clear, he still sounds great.
Jazz legend Buster Cooper's Garden gig nearing an end in St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Times)