Saturday, May 31, 2008

Jimmy McGriff Dies

We are saddened at the passing of the great organist Jimmy McGriff. It was this past January when I spoke with fellow organ giantess Trudy Pitts that we learned that McGriff's health had taken a turn for the worse. He'd been interned in a nursing home for some five years it was said.

I met "Griff" in the mid 80s on one of his yearly Chicago visits. Always congenial and with a ready smile Griff would mail out each Christmas a seasonal card. As he did with many of his friends. He will be missed as one of the organ's imminent innovators.

Thanks for the music, Griff!!!

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