My heartiest greetings to John in honor of his achieving this milestone of a century on this planet! John, you’ve been a constant source of inspiration to those of us who work with and on behalf of jazz musicians. Your example of a lifetime of excellence serves as a beacon for so many of us. You’ve consistently displayed a true generosity of spirit that is both peerless and timeless and this jazz life is a much better place for your having been a part of it throughout such a rich life. It has been my pleasure to be in your presence on a few occasions and I’ve always come away feeling that I was in the presence of a real mentor in this business. I’ll never forget witnessing the sincere love and adoration Nancy Wilson radiated for you from the stage at the Monterey Jazz Festival as part of a session a few years ago that you were unable to participate in. GIven Nancy’s abundant love you were certainly “in the house” nonetheless.
Many thanks to you John and all you’ve meant to those of us who have come along in your wake. Here’s wishing you a splendid 100th and as many more into the future as the Creator will allow.