This weekend, Canada lost a musical legend and the finest of gentlemen. Jackie Washington performed jazz and blues standards throughout Canada and the United states for almost 70 years.
This spring during Stellula Music in the Schools week, I asked Hamilton musician, Harrison Kennedy if Jackie Washington had been a musical influence. He responded that his ‘Uncle Jack’ had been an incredible influence upon him, not just musically but as an exceptional person. I thought that testimony would serve as a fitting tribute to Jackie Washington.
Harrison Kennedy has had a long musical career, beginning as a member of the Chairmen of the Board in the 1970s, with pop music success. After moving on from the Chairmen of the Board, he moved home to Hamilton and has carved out a reputation as a fine bluesman. He has 3 CDs out, High Country Blues, Sweet Taste, and Voice Story. His new CD, One Dog Barking. will be out in September. You can order Harrison Kennedy’s CDs from http://harrisonkennedy.ca/.
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On Friday June we had a wonderful evening at the Rye Cafe in Midland. My guests were Marlon Gibbons, Jennifer Ives and Ken Allen. We will be recording two live episodes of For the Sake of the Song then broke into a magical jam. Most of the evening was streamed live over ustream. I had several of my friends and listeners of for The Sake of the Song join us from all over Ontario and several in the ustream from all over North America. It was a wonderful evening celebration of music and friendship. Unfortunately, there were technical difficulties with the audio recording, so all we have recorded from the evening is a recording from the live video stream starting about 7 minutes into the interview with Marlon Gibbons. Henceforth I will be refering to this as the famous ‘lost episode’ of For the Sake of the Song. Enjoy a bit of what was a magical evening.
Update While writing this post, I relistened to the ustream video from the evening. The conversation and the energy was so wonderful that it overcomes the low quality audio from my webcam’s pinhole mic. So, I captured the audio from the ustream video and here is the audio of For the Sake of the Song 101– The Lost episode.
Join us for a live recording celebrating 100 Episodes of For the Sake of the Song on Friday June 5, 2009 at 7pm EDT at the Rye Cafe in Midland, Ontario. My guests for the evening will be Marlon Gibbons, Jennifer Ives and Ken Allen. We will be recording one or two live episodes of For the Sake of the Song followed by musical performances by each of us. We will also be streaming the event live over ustream. Stay tuned to ductapeguy.net for more details. There is no cover charge for this event, but we will be accepting donations for Stellula Music in the Schools.