[JPL] Freddie's send off

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Wed Jan 7 13:55:42 EST 2009


Thanks for the report Ricky.  Wished I could've been there.

Bobby Jackson

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Ricky,
Thank you for a wonderful report!
-Dr.
P.S.  Do you know if the tribute was taped?

onthebeach at aol.com wrote:
>  Freddie Hubbard was memorialized yesterday in a tribute and ceremony
befitting jazz royalty. i know he had that infectious ear-to-ear grin
> in full effect.? following a viewing there was a wonderful assemblage
of friends, fans, artists and industry folks.
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> there were wonderful stories and remembrances offered by Herbie
Hancock, George Duke, Marcus Miller, Bennie Maupin, Hubert Laws, BRE
Publisher Sydney Miller, Jr.and numerous others including a childhood
friend(apologies, name escapes me) who blows a wicked trombone.
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> there were a number of musical performances. a brass section piece?
and numerous small group ensembles playing and jamming.
> christian mcbride, javon jackson and trumpeter/hubbard manager david
weiss making the trip out from the Big Apple to play tribute.? s and
george benson sent his regrets, noting he was "too broken up about
losing freddie" to travel at this time.
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> some beautiful playing including a number of truly inspired
performances.? "Little Sunflower" stands out.? with roy mccurdy and
christian mcbride holding it down, bennie maupin, javon jackson and
david weiss for a horn section.? and i cant honestly remember if this
one had patrice rushen or john beasley on piano--both were great with
patrice especially striking on acoustic piano.
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> this was supposed to be followed by a duet performance by stevie
wonder and hubert laws.? apparently during the jam, stevie said to
hubert he didnt want to follow that crew.? instead mid tune, hubert
helped stevie to the stage wherein, without missing a note, steveie
started WAILING on "Little Sunflower", truly soulful and him pulling
some notes out of the harmonica, ive never heard before<he was killin'>.
as if that was not enough, hubert laws then followed THAT with some
TRULY ASTONISHING playing. i mean, whoa!
> bennie maupin and i chatted about hubert's turn(in particular) and
agreed it was jawdropping.
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> this "review" is incomplete and i apologize for that.? following this
there was a closing evocation that was truly inspiring.? a great example
of the african american church tradition.? the reverend really kicked it
up a notch after he had been obviously moved and excited by the musical
performances.? he sent Freddie off with an incendiary offering about
jazz, creativity and God's plan for us.? referencing the New and Old
Testament's numerous mentions of the trumpet, we got plenty of love, and
"blow Freddie, blow" concluding with a call for Gabriel to step aside
"...'cause there's a new first trumpet up above."? (all the while
Freddie's music playing behind him!)
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> attending were Freddie's 2nd wife, soulmate of 30+ years Brigette
Hubbard and his sone, Dwayne plus a bunch of inlaws in from chicaho and
indiana.? following this there was a reception next door with another
jam session.
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> all in all, it was a soul-stirring event and inspired and uplifting!? 
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> bright moments, indeed!
>
> ricky schultz
> reporting from los angeles 
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