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Phone: 212-860-5541


Price: $150.00



Autographed original Al White matte, double-weight 8” x 10” photograph of the great jazz pianist who easily moved from swing to be-bop.  The photograph is dedicated to the photographer.


Bunch (1921-2010) was born in Indiana and began to play piano with stride pianist George Johnson at the age of 11.  By 16 he was sitting in with the band at a nearby Elks Lodge.  At the beginning of World War II he was earning a living as a professional jazz pianist.  He joined the Army Air Corps, where he served as a bombardier on a B-17.  His plane was shot down over Germany in November, 1944 and he was a prisoner-of-war for the six months left in the War.  After the War he wanted to attend the Indiana University School of Music, but due to the fact that he could not sight read classical music he was not admitted.  He was however admitted to the University normally, where he enrolled as a psychology major and took music courses.  He also in his free time continued with his jazz work, becoming entranced with the rhythms of be-bop while listening to records of Bud Powell.  Bunch began playing with be-bop groups, in particular guitarist Wes Montgomery and his brothers who played throughout Indiana at this point.  In order to improve his status in the jazz world, he moved to Los Angeles in the late 1950’s where he was quickly accepted.  Bunch played with Woody Herman and the Herd from 1956 to1957, Benny Goodman and his big band from 1957 to 1958.  He also played with Maynard Ferguson and his Band in 1958.  He then moved to small be-bop configurations, playing with Buddy Rich in 1959, Al Cohn and Zoot Sims from 1961 to 1962 and Gene Krupa from 1961-1964.  The pianist also recorded with Buddy Rich and his Big Band in 1966 and went on a European tour with him in 1967.  From 1966-1972 Tony Bennett hired Bunch as his pianist and also as his conductor and music director.  He toured with Bennett in Russia in 1962, Mexico in 1963 and Europe in 1973.  Bunch also led numerous combos, John’s Bunch, The Jon Bunch Trio, The John Bunch Quartet, The New York Swing Trio,  The New York Swing Quartet.  He also  recorded with Scott Hamilton’s Quintet and toured with Benny Goodman’s Sextet and Septet.  Numerous recordings.


A rather rare jazz autograph.