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Jerry Sun info found!
Jeff Central
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From: Columbus, Ohio
Posted: 2011-01-13 11:56 am   Permalink

Aloha Tiki centralites,

Does anybody on this list have any information on Jerry Sun or the Jerry Sun Four?

Specifically I need the names of the members of the Jerry Sun Four.

The Tacoma Library has pictures of Jerry, his wife Sally Ann as well as the Jerry Sun Four but they have no names to which to attach to the other members.

I've never ran into an artist that was so obscure that I couldn't track down anything.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


[ This Message was edited by: Jeff Central 2011-02-09 07:46 ]


 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2011-01-15 02:28 am   Permalink

Jeff, I haven't tracked down the other band members names yet but, today I saw a 45 on ebay from the hacienda in Las Vegas for 30 bucks featuring the jerry sun group. On the jackets back are a couple of new photos of jerry and sue ann. A friend who grew up in tacoma saw the four play at a coffeehouse in town and said that they were playing exotica music in the early 60's and possibly the late 50's also. Now the bad news, sue ann died from breast cancer fairly early in life and jerry is also reported to have passed away. Thats all for now but I do have other leads to follow. tikicoma

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-01-15 05:46 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2011-01-15 02:28, tikicoma wrote:
Jeff, I haven't tracked down the other band members names yet but, today I saw a 45 on ebay from the hacienda in Las Vegas for 30 bucks featuring the jerry sun group. On the jackets back are a couple of new photos of jerry and sue ann. A friend who grew up in tacoma saw the four play at a coffeehouse in town and said that they were playing exotica music in the early 60's and possibly the late 50's also. Now the bad news, sue ann died from breast cancer fairly early in life and jerry is also reported to have passed away. Thats all for now but I do have other leads to follow. tikicoma



Thanks tikicoma!

I've got the '45 from the Hacienda. Las Vegas is apparently the last place Jerry took his show. This was a MUCH different act than the Exotica stuff in the 1960's. I also read about Sue Ann passing away in 1980. I hadn't heard about Jerry's passing. I also have the rare private pressing LP called The Exotic Sounds of Jerry Sun. Again, no info listed, nothing!!

If you come accross anything else please let me know.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-01-15 05:54 am   Permalink

Here's a few pics from the Tacoma Library................


Jerry and Sally Ann Sun



The Jerry Sun Four



The Jerry Sun Four with Sally Ann

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff






 
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djlittledanny
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Posted: 2011-01-17 8:30 pm   Permalink

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The Jerry Sun Four

Hi Jeff:

My copy of The Exotic Jazz of Jerry Sun includes the promo photo of the Jerry Sun Four shown above. It has their names, hand-typed, across the top. From left to right the members are Dave Shumock, Jerry Sun, Duaine Park, and Tony Husk.

Hope this helps.




 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-01-18 02:13 am   Permalink

WOW!!!!!

You made my day!

Thanks so much Dan!! The pieces are starting to fall together.

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff


 
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bigbrotiki
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Posted: 2011-01-18 08:51 am   Permalink

What great photos! Is the music as good as these stills? Love the fact they look so "Lounge" and then performed Exotica.

 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-01-18 09:32 am   Permalink

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On 2011-01-18 08:51, bigbrotiki wrote:
What great photos! Is the music as good as these stills? Love the fact they look so "Lounge" and then performed Exotica.



The music is actually BETTER than these photos. Think of classic Exotica music complete with birdcalls and vibes and this will give you some idea of what their music sounds like. They were often compared to Arthur Lyman.

If all goes well, you will see something coming out very soon!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff




 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2011-01-24 10:01 pm   Permalink

I talked to Sally Ann's brother last week and he said that Sun is Jerry's real name not a stage name.

I also was told that the master tapes of "the exotic jazz of Jerry Sun" still exist and that the recording engineer who made them still has every master he ever recorded. Trouble is he's been difficult to contact and he may be in a nursing home at this time.

Now the big news, I found and bought five 7 inch and one 5 inch reels of tape of Jerry Sun's trio's to quintets that were recorded live at fort lewis and tacoma between 1961 and 1963! The 61 tape was a quintet of army musicians who, Jerry said, had all been pro's before being "called up" during the Berlin wall crisis. The only name I made out over the music was the bass player, Terry Hilliard, the bass player who was on Cal Tjader's soul sauce and soul bird lps! (These recordings are being made available for Jeff's use after I make digital copies.)

From the 2/27/72 tacoma newspaper, "Jerry is a tall, dark mixture of filipino, chinese, russian and german." "His oriental father in Salinas, Calif wanted him to be a lawyer. Jerry earned a BA degree at Pepperdine University. He had music on the mind and balked at a law career." "His 18 year old daughter by a former marriage is entering college in Las Vegas....near their desert home." " Sally Ann sings and does the hula, tahitian dances and specialty numbers." "Todays Jerry Sun Show stresses top 40 pop , a lot of dancing and choreography, a lot of costumes and mod sounds."

4/16/80 (obit) at the end ," Sally Ann was an administrative assistant at MGM hotel in Las Vegas and a member of the junior Women's League." It also mentions her "former husband" Jerry Sun.

So I guess this will give you tikiphiles in Salinas, Las Vegas near Pepperdine and San Francisco (Terry Hilliards home) something to work with, I'm really interested in hearing what his daughter could tell us!

I would like to thank Lemon Hart 151 and 80 proof, Rhum Barbancourt, Countreau and Meyers Dark for their help with this posting


 
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djlittledanny
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Posted: 2011-01-25 10:20 am   Permalink

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On 2011-01-24 22:01, tikicoma wrote:

Now the big news, I found and bought five 7 inch and one 5 inch reels of tape of Jerry Sun's trio's to quintets that were recorded live at fort lewis and tacoma between 1961 and 1963!




Awesome - congrats! If you don't mind revealing, are the songs on the live tapes representative of Sun's Exotic Jazz LP? Any cool exotica originals in there?


 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2011-01-31 11:50 pm   Permalink

dj, so far no original tiki music but a few more in the exotica vein, adventure in paradise, tiki, yellow bird, a very fast version of caravan, beyond the reef, flamingo and a night in tunisia plus a lot of vibe/piano driven jazz standards.

I reported earlier that I had heard that Jerry Sun had passed away... WRONG!!!
He was introducing the musicians at a pepperdine alumni event this last year. I contacted someone at pepperdine and he is forwarding my number and email to jerry to see if he would like to contact me (or jeff) so I'm crossing my fingers in hope.
aloha for now, tikicoma.


 
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tikicoma
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From: wakinekona
Posted: 2011-02-01 10:13 pm   Permalink

Got a phone call today from Jerry Sun, he told me that he is flattered by our interest in his music and that he recorded the tapes that I have.
He also gave me permission to give his phone number and email address to you, Jeff. He also told me that he played on a cut on an early Ventures album (a band also from tacoma).
I'll leave the interviewing to you Jeff, you know what to ask more than I do.
Now would like me to find Gene Rains for you?




 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-02-02 5:55 pm   Permalink

A SUPER DUPER huge thank you to Tikicoma for locating Jerry Sun!!!

I talked to him today for a half hour and he was very enthusiastic about sharing his musical history and knowledge! He couldn't believe that people today were actually interested in Exotica Music!! He believes it now!!



Look for a Jerry Sun LP and a possible Jerry Sun article in Tiki Magazine soon!!!

Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff






 
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djlittledanny
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Posted: 2011-02-02 7:21 pm   Permalink

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Look for a Jerry Sun LP and a possible Jerry Sun article in Tiki Magazine soon!!!



That's awesome news, Jeff. Into the world of private-press exotica!


 
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Jeff Central
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Posted: 2011-02-09 07:44 am   Permalink

Just found out that Jerry Sun bought a tape echo machine off Martin Denny so he could beef up the bird calls during their live performances!!

He was actually pretty good friends with Marty, Arty, Augie and Harold Chang!!

Here's a copy of Personally Yours by Jerry Sun. It was released on Kay Bee Records and engineered by famous Northwest recording engineer Kearney Barton!




Cheers and Mahalo,
Jeff




 
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