Juini Booth, jazz bassist and member of Sun Ra Arkestra, dies at 73

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Juini Booth, jazz bassist and longtime Sun Ra Arkestra member, has passed away. Band manager Jack Reich confirmed the news to Pitchfork on Thursday (July 15th). Booth’s family said Buffalo News that the musician’s health had deteriorated in recent weeks after a fall at home. Juini Booth was 73 years old.

Born Arthur Booth, the bassist has alternated the nicknames of Juini, Juni, Jooney and other variations. Booth’s artistic career spanned over 50 years, beginning with working with Chuck Mangione in Booth’s hometown of Buffalo, New York, in the mid-1960s. After moving to New York at the end of the decade, Booth has worked with big names in jazz like Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Art Blakey, Sonny Sharrock and Freddie Hubbard.

In addition to working regularly with McCoy Tyner in the 1970s, Booth performed as part of Tony Williams’ Lifetime ensemble during the decade. Booth joined Arkestra in 1996, having worked with Sun Ra in the late 1980s. He continued to compose and perform throughout his life. “He was an international musician and a world-class musician,” said his sister, Mary Booth-Bowden. Buffalo News.

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