My old friend Roy Campbell, a wonderful trumpet player, passed away recently. We had The House Band, which played every Monday night at the Bitter End for Giorgio Gomelski's Tonka Wonka Mondays, always with a guest band leader: I've put up Billy Bang's music with this band on this blog, and if anyone requests, have a lot more.
Roy and I had just released a CD, Heart of the Sun, as the William Hooker Trio and were to do our CD release concert at Cornelia Street Cafe. Instead we had Matt Lavelle, who read a poem Roy wrote decades ago about the life and death of a jazz musician.
There was a beautiful tribute at Roulette with dozens of players. An open casket funeral near his home in the Bronx with Roy in a suit holding his trumpet and a beautiful flag with Roy reading something like "Blues, Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B and Gospel".
I'm really glad I reconnected with Roy lately and I was looking forward to spending much more time with him.