They Say - Jeff Healey with Alex Pangman 1999
My friend and trombonist Brian Towers just send me this message from Toronto:
Devastating news, friends. I have to advise you that Jeff Healey has left us on March 2. The cancer went to his pancreas and that was it. He had been to Nevada for special treatment which did not work. He was in St Joseph's hospital for palliative care at the time.
He was just 41 years old with musical gifts bordering on genius A terrible loss, not just to friends, musicians and family but to music lovers the world over.
Although Jeff was mostly known for his efforts in the rock field, his real love was in clssic jazz. He owned a large 78 rpm ccllection and next to guitar played some fine trumpet as well. He came to Vancouver in 2001 and we played a fine concert together.
Alex Pangman vocal with Jeff Healey on trumpet in a tune from the thirties called "They Say".
"They Say" is also the title of Alex's CD which she recorded in 1999 with some great jazz musicians. Of course Jeff on guitar and trumpet, Jazz historian Richard Sudhalter on cornet, from England Steve Mellon on reeds, from New Orleans pianist John Royan, Colin Bray on bass and Steve Torrico on drums.
The CD "They Say" can be ordered from Alex's excellent website: http://www.alexpangman.com/