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 Max Hartstein  (1929 - 2011)

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: modernist figure, still life and marine painting

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modernist figure, still life and marine painting

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The following comments are from the blog, Bratton Online, (Posted October 13, 2011)

MAX HARTSTEIN DIED. Max Hartstein passed away on 8/8/11 he was 82 years old. He would have been 83 on 8/11/11. He had a blood clot that caused a fatal stroke. He did not have a will and no biological children. A few lines from the autobiography he worked on forever?

"Bob Dylan was just getting famous and playing in the Village. Zoot Sims was jamming just a couple of blocks up Third Avenue, in the loft of a friend of mine. Charlie Mingus was playing at the Five Spot a couple more blocks north on Third Avenue. My friend from my army days, Eric Dolphy, was playing with him and they were doing some wild experimental stuff. In good weather I would often stand outside the club on the sidewalk listening in awe to the fantastic stuff they were doing. Dizzy Gillespie often played at Birdland.

Since I was a member of the house rhythm section of a short-lived club in San Francisco that he opened for, he gave me a pass to enter Birdland and listen whenever he played there. One spring morning, about this time, a tiny calico kitten climbed in through the back window and took up residence with me. I named her "Lady Cockymoony," Lady for short."

Max played string bass with all the greats, nationally, internationally and locally. He'll be missed.

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