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Subject: Jazz Musician Jim Beatty

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Date Posted: Friday, March 15, 02:04:00pm


Jim Beatty
1934 - 2019
Legendary jazz musician Jim Beatty is gone. The world-renowned clarinetist and soprano saxophonist passed away March 12, 2019 from complications of a stroke. He was 84. Simply put, he was arguably one of the greatest clarinetists who ever picked up the horn. He leaves behind his wife and life-partner, Pauline; his sister, Linda Wilhelm; sons, Jame (Cherie) and Bob (Stacey); five grandchildren, Brittney (Nick), Reagan (Ethan), Alec, Keira, and Laura; three great-grandchildren, Jameson, Hadley and Rosella; and a legacy of music, laughter and legions of fans from around the globe.
A funeral will be at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Christ Church Episcopal Parish, 1060 Chandler Rd., Lake Oswego, OR, with a special Jazz Party to follow the service. All are welcome. Viewing will be from 1 - 1:45 p.m., at Christ Church.
Born June 9, 1934, in Jamestown, N.Y., James William Beatty was given a clarinet for his eighth birthday and his destiny was sealed: He would be a professional musician for the rest of his life. After a stint in the U.S. Army Band and touring with the Wolverine Jazz Band and the Salt City Six, Beatty moved with his family to Portland in 1967, where he formed the Jim Beatty Jazz Band, playing and touring passionately and relentlessly over the next 50 years.
Jim became so adept at his craft that he could hold crowds in awe with his solos and leave his fans roaring for more. Jim made and appeared on over 50 recordings. In 2009, he was asked by the U.S. State Department to represent the United States on a trip to Russia and to give jazz clinics to Russian musicians. He traveled throughout the United States and the world including China, the UK and Europe, playing at countless festivals, beer halls and jazz clubs. In 2017, he played for various Royal families of Europe at the 80th birthday party of his good friend, King Simeon of Bulgaria. One fan described hearing Jim Beatty play as "transcendent." His live performances were epic.
Jim had a joy for life and music and laughter that was infectious. He made friends with everyone, he laughed with abandon and his fans and friends were so eclectic as to defy belief: from Andre the Giant to Louis Armstrong to Bobby Kennedy to King Simeon of Bulgaria. He was not a saint; he was a jazz musician. But when he was "on," his music and passion and personality could touch the soul. Jim Beatty gone? No, not when the sound of his clarinet still lives.
Memorials, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Portland chapter of the Oregon Special Olympics at 5901 S.W. Macadam Ave., suite 200, Portland, OR 97239
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits

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