Endowing ISB with Jazz Legend Scott Lafaro’s Instrument today would be the 78th birthday of the great Scott Lafaro,best known as the bassist in Bill Evans’s groundbreaking trio and still influence on players today decades after his untimely death in 1961. Barrie Kolstein, luthier and president of Kolstein Music in Baldwin, New York, has chosen Scott’s birthday to announce that he is making a gift of Lafaro’s bass to the International Society of Bassists.
« Thanks to Barrie Kolstein’s extraordinary and extremely generous gift to the ISB, Which raises our net worth by six figures, the residency of Scott ‘s bass at Ithaca College will be a lasting tribute », says ISB general manager Madelaine Crouch. Nicholas Walker
professor of bass at Ithaca college,adds, « For bassist everywhere, Scott’s Lafaro sound and musicienship have been a deep source of inspiration. Both the Lafaro and Kolstein families are commetted to keeping us all connected to the man behind the sound, a man that they loved dealy.
The creation of a living archive at Ithaca College will make it possible for futur generation
of bassists to come into direct contact with is instrument and materials that helped shape Scott Lafaro as an artist.
What a gift to us all ! »