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Bernie Cash

Bernard Cash (Bernie) was born in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England on 18 January 1935, the son of Michael Cash and Eileen Cash (nee Mundy). His father's family had escaped persecution of the Russian jews at the turn of the 20th century, and he found himself in Yorkshire after leaving London as a ten year old. Eileen's family were Irish Roman Catholics, making Bernie a religious hybrid, although he never followed any creed. Music became his religion. Bernie began his musical career as a trumpet player, gaining a reputation playing with different bands around the UK. At the age of 25, he decided to take up the double bass, and under the tutelage of Peter Ind, became a fine exponent of the instrument. Naturally, as a musician, Bernie wanted to play to earn a living, and moved to London in 1961 with his wife, Vera. Here he became involved in the jazz scene, and played with many musicians of note. in 1962, the couple's first child, a daughter Jane was born. Life in the capital was not deemed suitable for a young family, and Bernie returned to Yorkshire, where he founded the Light Music Course at Leeds College of Music, a course that is still running today. Recruiting his friend and mentor Ind, Bernie went about establishing the first real jazz course in the UK. The excellent British jazz guitarist Dave Cliff was just one of the gems unearthed as a result of the course. A highly principled man, Bernie quit the college after a disagreement with the powers that be

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