|From: "Yoshio Toyama" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our good friend Sir Charles Thompson left us on June 16th.
Hope you can spread the news.
We all miss him very much.
Sir Charles Thompson left us on June 16th in Japan.
He was a very unique pianist with style in between swing and bepop,,,also
very close to great Count Basie's piano style.
He was married to Japanese wife Makiko Thompson in 1990's, lived in Japan in
90's and 2002 to this day.
Funeral will be held in Tokyo Japan, Higashi Kurume, by his wife Makiko
Thompson and family and friends on June 21st.
He was born March 21 1918, and he just turned 98 last march.
He started as professional when he was very young, played with and admired
people like Lester Young ,Buck Clayton,Colman Hawkins,,,.
He was very active in Bebop era also, and his style has lots of Bebop flavor
mixed with mellow swing.
He was very good golf player too.
He left so many great jazz records including "Vic Dickenson Show case'. In
Japan, he made recording with Yoshio and Keiko Toyama in late 1990's.
Had appeared in many concerts held by Toyama's Wonderful World Jazz
Foundation. Sir Charles and Toyama stayed very close friends.
We all miss him. Yoshio and Keiko
Watch 93 year old Sir Charles Thompson Trio Perform "Robbins Nest" Dec. 23 2011