The first time I met him was the 2010 Capital Jazz cruise, and the number-one thing I will always think of is that he was always smiling. Always. But man, let him loose on that stage and he will, without fail, blow you away.
He’d always joke that his music is a “gumbo” and he was exactly right. It’s a little bit of everything: jazz, funk, R&B, Brazilian bossa nova – mixed and shaken up. His is the sort of music that stands out simply because it’s full of the same smiling, happy energy that he always carried in person.
This photo is from the 2012 cruise. I’m happy to have seen him after that, at the Blue Note with Stanley Clarke.
In Memoriam, friend. Thanks for the laughs, the amazing music, and the lunch hour chats on the Carnival ships. Thanks for the smiles. I’ll see you at the big jam session in the sky one of those days.