The Burt Bales Collection consists of unpublished recordings on audiocassettes and open reel tapes, featuring the jazz pianist,
Burt Bales (1917-1989). Also included are correspondence, photographs, festival and concert programs, logbooks, and newspaper
clippings pertaining to Burt Bales from the late 1930’s to after his death in 1989.
Burt Bales was a jazz solo and band pianist. Bales was born April 20, 1917 in Stevensville, Montana. In 1925 he and his family
moved Marin County, California. Bales began playing professional jazz piano while in high school. He played with Lu Watters'
Yerba Buena Jazz Band, he also played with Bunk Johnson, Turk Murphy, Bob Scobey, Paul Lingle, Dick Oxtot, Bob Mielke, Vince
Cattolica, and others. Burt Bales enlisted in the army in 1943 but was soon discharged due to myopia. In 1954 Bales started
playing a semi-regular appearance at Pier 23 in San Francisco. From that point on he performed primarily as a soloist. Bales
died October 26, 1989 in San Francisco.
4 linear feet
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