Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Floyd Standifer - 1929-2007

The Northwest jazz community will be shedding a lot of tears today.. as Seattle's beloved bebop jazz luminary died Monday. He was 78.

Tonight, Floyd Standifer probably would've played at the New Orleans Creole Restaurant on his regular Wednesday night slot. For those of you who'd never had a chance to see him play, this was a well-loved class act who could light up a room, whether it was with his tenor sax, trumpet, flugelhorn, singing, or just chatting it up between sets - in kind of a barroom philosopher kind of way.

nice Earshot Jazz piece, feature on page 6 (pdf, takes a minute to load)

I'm lucky to seen him play. His style on the trumpet reminded me kind of the warm "hard bop" played by the late, great Clifford Brown... but then he could switch gears and play that lush sounding tenor, or when it was right, a smoky fluid flugelhorn.

RIP Floyd.


Anonymous Shannon said...

I was lucky to have seen him once myself. 'Bye, Floyd.

January 24, 2007 10:39 PM  
Blogger pbrchicken said...

more on Floyd at Bill Ramsey's blog here.

And here's an mp3 of Floyd's band playing Thelonious Monk's tune, Rhythm A Ning.

January 26, 2007 9:13 AM  
Blogger Binulatti said...

Aww...I heard your dad on NPR Monday eulogizing him right proper...

January 31, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger d. chedwick bryant said...

Nice post , also thanks for the video clip of Francoise Hardy.

February 04, 2007 12:01 PM  

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