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.