[JPL] Art Hillery RIP

Paul Combs pcomb at comcast.net
Wed Nov 30 16:11:37 EST 2011


Thanks Nou,

Paul

On 11/30/11 4:01 PM, Nou Dadoun wrote:
> There were several notices on the West Coast Jazz list but I don't recall
> it coming up on JPL (the original notice had the date Nov 30th which is
> clearly wrong, I received the notice last Thursday so I assume that it's
> the 23rd):
>
> Funeral details are :
>
> Saturday, 3 December at 10 am
> Harrison-Ross Mortuary
> 1839 Firestone Blvd.
> South Gate, CA 90001
>
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>
> Our dear jazz friend and extraordinary musician, Art Hillery has passed
> away.
>
> According to his dear friend, Richard Simon, he was admitted to the
> hospital a few weeks ago with symptoms of feeling weak and disoriented,
> which he thought was a reaction to some medication.  It was determined that
> it was cancer which had spread rampantly, and was inoperable.  He was
> released. Shortly thereafter, he returned to the hospital for pain shots,
> and expired on  Wednesday, November 23rd.
>
> As a jazz promoter/ producer and founder of  In-House Music, I have had the
> pleasure of having this incomparable pianist at many, if not all of my jazz
> venues, beginning with the first room I opened in 2004, The Westin LAX
> Hotel " Jazz in the Lobby" series.  He usually performed as an accompanist
> to many of the jazz greats here in town and not until recently did he put
> out a CD as leader.  I remember just a few years ago  I opened a little
> funky jazz space in an off the wall bar behind the airport called "Bar
> Melody."  You could find folks in there from all walks of life coming in
> for a drink until the new owners got rid of the brawlers and turned it into
> an ok place to feel safe. To there credit they agreed to add jazz in the
> back room.  Art was so cool about playing in any room that served up jazz.
> No matter that it had pool tables in the next room or TV's blaring with
> sports, he was an old pro!  With his quiet demeanor soft smile and
> identifiable cap on head, he toted in his baby organ , sat down at the
> keys  and tore the place up with his "down home blues" great playing!
>
> To my surprise when researching the web for information about this amazing
> musician, there was very little offered.  The following is just a smittance
> of the accomplishments of Art Hillery.
>
> ART HILLERY has had a long recording and performing career, with recording
> credits including Ella Fitzgerald, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, Red Holloway,
> Harry “Sweets” Edison, and many others. He has also performed with, among
> others, Dexter Gordon, Blue Mitchell, Art Farmer, and Teddy Edwards. His
> ensemble includes DONALD DEAN on drums and LOUIS SPEARS on bass. A native
> of New Orleans, Mr. Hillery began his career as a concert pianist, but
> cites the legendary Oscar Peterson as his inspiration for turning to jazz.
>
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>
> N.
>
>
>
> On Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:49 PM, Paul Combs<pcomb at comcast.net>  wrote:
>
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>> I heard, through another source, that LA pianist Art Hillery died over the
>> weekend, but I cannot find an obituary for him. Can anyone give us some
>> more information? If I missed a posting here on JPL, I apologize.
>>
>> Paul
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