Snooky Young, 92.
I remember seeing him on The Tonight Show as a kid. Only years later did I realize all the amazing roles he played in jazz over the decades. Had the honor of meeting him in 2008 backstage at the Chicago Jazz Festival, where he was playing with the Gerald Wilson Orchestra. What a sweet man, and funny, too. And what a tasty musician.
“The trumpet player’s trumpet player.” – John Clayton.