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Remembering the Best: Bill Withers, Ellis Marsalis (Patriarch of America’s First Jazz Family), and Auntie – Rest in Power

Our elders say bad news comes in threes; I guess the lesson is to listen when they’re still around.

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In addition to these two stellar lights of American art & history who are about one degree to my family, a lady I’m privileged to have been able to call Auntie, wife of a celebrated artist & a gifted artist & teacher in her own right, passed today from long-term non-COVID19 complications when I’d barely had time to welcome my own mom home after they’d stayed at the same facility (in different wings). The first call came this morning.

I was raised a musician in a family of musicians. My playmates who were her kids were raised visual artists in a family of same — but we were trained & encouraged in each others’ arts (they took instrumental lessons & sang with my mom; I happily wound godseyes till my hands bled and I ran out of yarn).

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My dad had the formal designation of official family FOTOGRAPHAH, but Auntie always encouraged me even when I almost blew the kiln out trying to fire clay, as long as I helped to clean up ... and the first time I started trying to shoot seriously for holiday cards, she kept the one out that I sent to their house in a prominent place so everybody could see

Because of her, I can do this

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Miss you, Auntie – the world doesn’t have the same colors without you in it

“When we’re dealing with our worst, let’s deploy America at its best” – Andrew Cuomo, elder brother of Chris Cuomo and Governor of New York State

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Grandma’s Hands – Amos Lee, Bill Withers Tribute at Carnegie Hall

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Use Me – Prince covers Bill Withers

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Ain’t No Sunshine

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Lovely Day

 

Pavane, Gabriel Fauré, performed by Branford Marsalis

 

Ellis Marsalis at the New Orleans Jazz Heritage Center

 

Swinging at the Haven – Jazz Celebration Marsalis Family Live

 

(If You Love Somebody) Set Them Free – Sting featuring Branford Marsalis

 

Fortress Around Your Heart – Sting featuring Branford Marsalis

 

Sister Moon – Sting featuring Branford Marsalis

 

Mood Indigo - Duke In Blue, Ellis Marsalis

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Photo: ©MRBQ
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