Thursday, July 30, 2015
FAIRFIELD DAILY REPUBLIC -- Delbert Bump’s musical career began at age 9, when he started formal lessons on the piano and soon after began the electric organ as well. During his teens, his interest in music turned from the classical tradition to jazz and all areas of pop music. He was leading his own band when he was 13, started playing ragtime piano in pizza parlors at 14, played in a drum and bugle corps and played various band instruments in high school. Returning to school, he graduated from San Francisco State with a Master’s degree in composition and upper division piano status. He became a professor of jazz studies and music theory at Solano College and taught at UC Davis for seven years as director of jazz ensembles, combos and improvisation.