Philip Henry "Buddy" Bounds died unexpectedly on 25th April at the Royal Free Hospital in London aged 74. He was born on 19th December 1939 in Paddington and spent most of his childhood years living in North London.
After he died his daughter found a business card in his house from a social worker during a home-care visit back in the 1950s when he was a child. It stated that the social worker was from the "cripple department". He was offered artificial limbs for his condition of short arms, but he never felt comfortable about this. Philip was sent to the Richard Cloudsley School, off Golden Lane in Islington, a "special needs" (segregated) school.
When he was a teenager his mother bought him a trumpet from Boozy and Hawkes and encouraged him to be "anything he wanted to be" despite his physical impairment. He started improvising and developing a love of jazz and as soon as he was old enough started to hang around the Jazz Clubs in London's West End. His younger sister Mary recalled how she returned from school one day to find Ronnie Scott playing her mum's piano in the front room. It would be in the years that followed that Philip, who as an adult acquired the nick name "Buddy" after "Buddy Holly", began his musical partnership with Ronnie Scott. He had won a scholarship to Trinity College in London.
Buddy held the trumpet by having a watch strap around the valves which he would then hook his fingers under and it would be okay with his other hand.
Buddy performed his bebop jazz at the 1982 AD Disability Arts festival.He was jazz trumpeter who also wrote arrangements for Roy Orbison. The video shows Buddy Bounds performing with his band 'Explosion' at Oval House, Lambeth, London in 1982. This video is possibly the only video available on the Internet Buddy Bounds.
Welcome to this performance in the arts festival "1982 AD" 30 years ago. these three evenings gave the
opportunity to see and hear the artists. the performances are a climax in the possibly first festival of artists with disabilities which has included among its activities, workshops in music, voice, movement, lyric writing, drama and creative writing held in London, UK.
The Saturday performance on the 13th of February, 1982, kicked off with Buddy Bounds Explosion, a bebop
Compère: Nabil Shaban
Buddy Bounds - Trumpet/Flugelhorn
Tim Saunders - Tenor Sax
Bob Edwards - Piano
Johnathan Brown - Bass
Marie Lucas - Drums
His funeral took place on the 16th of May 2014. RIP
With thanks to Lambeth Council and Oval House Theatre, London Video Recording by Oval House Theatre; 13th of February, 1982 Edited by Keith Armstrong, 2012
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