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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 04:49 PM
Just got an email from the Magic City Blues Society, Scott "Blue" Burnstein, who wrote a monthly column on blues guitar technique in their newsletter, was shot to death last night. Scott frequented the JFD on occassion, sold glass slides around the country, advertized in HTN. One of the old bluesmen around B'ham. Didn't play much anymore, story was somebody had a problem with him, broke up his hands. Along with Topper, another one gone too soon.

Pretty cool of Jimmy Hall and CRS to dedicate a song to Topper at the JFD.


As a little bit of a positive, the same email mentioned that Microwave Dave will be playing the Alys Stephens Center this weekend....Saturday with Keb Mo, Sunday with Taj Mahal.

[Edited on 11/5/2007 by Buppalo1]

 
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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 05:41 PM
Sorry to hear that about Scott. I jammed with him quite a few times and have several of his slides he gave me.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 06:06 PM
I knew Scott pretty well, he dealt with me about advertising with Hittin' the Note. He seemed like a good guy, somebody who always had a lot on his shoulders but carried his burden the best he could. It's a shame this happened before he was able to accomplish everything he wanted to do.

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 07:35 PM
I go back pretty far with Scott. I met him back aorund 1974-75.

At the time, Scott was playing with a band called Ide Bullard. They played at the old Midnight Voice club on southside. The club had been a radiator shop and is now another auto parts place of some sort. It was really a hole in the wall. Dress code was optional.

Scott also worked at Phipp's Fretboard, a guitar store off-shoot of the old Phipp's Piano Company that was located downtown. Scott gave lessons and did guitar repairs. He did some jobs for some pretty high-ranked musicians. He was damned good with his hands.

Scott and I were both really young for the Birmingham club scene. At the ripe young age of 16, I was sneaking in the to the 'Voice to catch bands like the then unheard of Dixie Dreggs. Scott knew the ropes and would actually help me and my friend Victor get into the club.

Scott was almost an outcast from his family. His family was actually affluent and Jewish. Scott didn't conform to any of that stuff. He was a musician from the get go. He could play ANYTHING. I've heard him on guitar, bass, piano, organ, fluglehorn, trombone. He could probably play a brick.

He had so much knowledge and talent. If I live to be 1,000 and get 100% better everyday, I'll never amount to where Scott was as a player.

Scott was legendary. Famous and infamous. There are many stories surrounding Scott, some mythical and some true. Like everybody, he had a dark side. But that grin would make you just want to throw your arms around him. He will be missed.

God rest Scott "Blue" Bernstein.


I've gone back and re-written my original tribute. I decided that some my memories should be kept private. I just met Scott's mother, his sisters and his daughters at his funeral. I want for their memories to be good ones, too. Scott "Blue" Bernstein touched a lot of lives. Let's all walk happy.



[Edited on 11/7/2007 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 07:47 PM
I apologize, but I left off some of Scott's most serious musical associations. He toured with the Temptations and the 4 Tops and also did session work for a lot of folks local and nationwide.

A funny story just occured to me. Once Scott and I were laying in the grass smoking a dube, when all of the sudden he jummped up and started twitching like a madman. Seems Scott had been laying on an ant bed. I want to remember the good stuff.

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 11:02 PM
Sorry for the loss of your friend, Rusty

 

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  posted on 11/5/2007 at 11:42 PM
sorry for your loss guys

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 06:34 AM
Condolences to Scott's friends and family.

 

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  posted on 11/6/2007 at 10:53 AM
Sorry about the loss of your friend, Rusty, and for old wounds reopened. Some hurts can last a lifetime. Prayers going out to the family and friends of Scott (and to you, too, Rusty) - may your joyful memories outweigh the painful ones.

 

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  posted on 11/7/2007 at 04:26 PM
Bump for fond memories! Ahavah Olam, bro!

 

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  posted on 11/7/2007 at 07:40 PM
Rusty, are will they continue to sell his slides? Can you order from HTW, or do they have a website? I would love to buy one, and couldn't think of any better way to honor Scott's family, and your great friendship! I never met him, but will think about him every time I play slide!

 

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  posted on 11/8/2007 at 08:11 AM
One more note and I'll let this rest.

A couple of stories came out at the funeral.

When Scott was about 11, his mother owned an organ. Scott wanted a guitar so his mother traded the organ for Scott's first guitar. He repaid her by attending Juliard and mastering several instruments. On a trip home, he amazed his mother by ducking into a piano shop and playing (with both hands) a couple of classical pieces that he'd learned.

The Rabbi told of problems during Scott's early school years. The principal called his mother and said, "we have a problem with Scott". When his mother asked what the problem was, the headmaster said, "all the girls like him".

In addition to touring with the Temps and Tops, Scott was asked by Branford Marsalis to sit in with him at a Birmingham show. Scott complied. There were other stories about Scott playing with noted musicians. Too many to go into.

Scott's life seemed like a re-re-make of "the Jazz Singer". A young Jewish kid ignores his roots and aspires to be an entertainer. Scott certainly made good on his end of the deal.

 

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  posted on 11/11/2007 at 01:27 PM
The last time the ABB played in B'ham, Scott came up to me with an array of his slides, told me to pick one out that I liked, and he would not let me pay him for it. I use that slide almost exclusively on acoustic, and now more than ever I will treasure it dearly as a gift from a really nice guy who only wanted people to share and play good music. God rest his soul and bless the iife he liived, and may those friends and family he left behind find peace in their hearts and souls. Scott was a good guy, and I am glad our paths crossed.
Willie Howard (from Mayberryetta, a suburb of Hot'lanta)

 

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Since this thread re-surfaced, I'd like to mention one final ABB-related irony.

Scott's funeral was a graveside service - no church. Elmwood Cemetery is a HUGE place. I didn't know how I would be able to locate Scott's grave. As I pulled into the cemetery gate, I saw a security guard. I asked him if he knew the location of the service. He pointed south and said, "drive down this road until you come to the mushroom. then turn right.". I figured he meant that there would be a headstone or monument with a rotund top. As I drove down the narrow lane I came upon a giant statue of a mushroom. I don't understand fate or karma, but I figured this had to be beyond mere coincidence.

The Giant Mushroom the security guard used as a landmark




Small mushrooms at a bench near Scott's final resting place




[Edited on 11/13/2007 by Rusty]

 

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  posted on 11/11/2007 at 05:17 PM
Thanks Rusty,

You are lucky to have a friend like Scott and we are all lucky to have a friend like you....

 

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  posted on 11/13/2007 at 08:18 AM
Final bump for Scott. Just wanted for y'all to see the mushrooms. ^^^^^^^^^^

 

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  posted on 11/13/2007 at 09:30 AM
Odd convergence here. My daughter called me this morning asking me about guitar slides. Said her friends dad had owned a slide company and he died and they were trying to figure out what they had and what to do. Sounds like its going to be a real mess

 

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  posted on 11/13/2007 at 09:57 AM
Rusty - looks like Scott left you with a bittersweet something to grin about.

 

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  posted on 11/24/2007 at 07:57 PM
What tragic news! I've known Scott via long distance for a number of years. Bought his glass Coricidian slides; he went out of his way to provide great service. I was diagnosed with a serious illness a couple years back, and every once in awhile the phone would ring and it would be Scott calling to see how I was doing. A truely nice person, so sad to hear the news.

My prayers and condolences to Scott's Daughters and Family.

 
 


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