I am looking at the picture above. That’s Willie and me on our “Tanuki” anchoring at the Olga dock, Orcas Island, in the summer of 1995. It was during a break when I was working on my M.M. degree here in WA state.
We used to take every chance we could. The sailing season in the PNW is short. It is hard to believe that he’s gone with his spirit still so present through his website Jazzeveryone.com. This project was born around 2010 when Willie decided to use this new technology (internet) to share his wisdom of more than 60 years of playing and teaching. You’ll find more information here https://www.jazzeveryone.com/about/In any case, you should sign up (for free) and check out the entire site. By 2016 he felt that he accomplished what he set out to do, given the fact that his teachings were based on infinitive ideas. He was very happy to see us take over the JE reigns in 2016. It is a big responsibility and an honor alike to take care of his legacy.He was very excited to see the new website roll out in 2018 and hoped to see even more folks getting bit by the be-bop bug. I like the idea of adding this information to my website. It is not all I’m doing, but it has a vital role in my musical life.
From Orcas Island out to the world with active members in more than 60 countries, he would love knowing his music and work is reaching so many musicians.Willie would have turned 91 today. Right on time, our new logo is ready and installed. We couldn’t even wait to wear the new T-shirts. Please meet the JazzEveryone team.
Bob Meador (developer) on the left, thanks to him our website has run flawlessly since our remodel in 2017. Paul A. Huber on the right who designed our new logo. And Steve Alboucq who walked into our lives via Willie over 15 years ago- thank you for this and all the photos you’ve taken. We are blessed to have this group. You might enjoywatching Willie’s phenomenal memorial concert from 2019 at the Orcas Center again here