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  1. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Ken is doing pretty well, as a matter fact we’re going to record together in April. I’m not sure what the long-term thing is but he’s working hard and fighting.
  2. Whither Allen Lowe?

    thank you everyone. Back in April I really didn't think I would make it through the year, and your support is gratifying,
  3. Whither Allen Lowe?

    reporting in....much improved, can see well enough to drive. I still look extremely weird, and my final surgery to reconstruct my face is not happening until next July or August. I am uncomfortable but not in a lot of pain. Finally sleeping after a long period of constantly waking up. I am getting active; playing again, doing a recording session in April with Ken Peplowski (who himself has been quite sick), and another in March. Playing April 6 at Smalls and April 8 at Firehouse 12. May need to be accompanied by a nurse, but I have my pocket defibrillator and my medical marijuana and though my neuropathy makes me a bit unsteady walking, I am fine sitting and as long as I walk to the left (since I drift right) everything should be OK.
  4. Name Three People...

    on my wedding day, Sept. 12 1982, Dick Katz played piano. At the end of the wedding he was picked up to go to another gig by....Nobby Totah. That's a name you don't forget.
  5. Barry Harris RIP

    this was a shocker, old as he was. I talked to him in September and he was doing well, but 91 is 91.... Barry was my first musician friend when I lived in NYC in the '70s. Just a great man, humanitarian, musician, et al.
  6. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Thank you it’s a very tempting offer, but at this point I am in a great deal of pain and can barely see. Give me a few months.
  7. Whither Allen Lowe?

    thanks all, out of surgery 10 days. in some pain but the graft is holding though as i pointed out elsewhere i look like an aardvark. From what the doctors told me this thing would have killed me in another year or two, left unfixed. There will be one or more reconstructive operations in the next year (I suffer from major radiation poisoning; the treatment killed the cancer but caused other problems). but as long as I am here let me mention that I have a double cd coming out in November on ESP called Ascension Into the Maelstrom. Mention my disease and get 10 percent off.
  8. Whither Allen Lowe?

    well, from what I know, I will be out of commission for about 3 months. There will be a skin graft, sinus work, and tissue embedded between my sinuses and my brain; also some muscle transplant to rebuilt my very sunken forehead.
  9. Whither Allen Lowe?

    Surgery Tuesday in Boston. I remain terrified but determined.
  10. thanks, I've been a bit scarce because of some health issues, but am recovering.
  11. Whither Allen Lowe?

    hi everybody, sorry I missed this earlier. Much appreciated. It's been a nightmare of a year, and for about the first half I had to struggle just to retain my sanity and figure out if it was worth going on (thanks to my wife I stayed in some control). Basically, I didn't sleep from January - July except in short bites of 15, 30, 45 minutes, and the nightly struggle almost pushed me over the edge. Things started getting better in July and I can now make 2 or 3 hours of sleep at a time. I had a very rare case of sinus cancer, and the surgery to remove the tumor plus the chemo and radiation just beat the hell out of me. Basically I am now suffering from radiation poisoning, my face is a mess, but we found a plastic surgeon in Boston who is supposed to operate the end of this month and do facial reconstruction. I still have trouble breathing, but it is much better. After this surgery I should be more functional, with 2-3 more surgeries in the next 2-3 years. But I am playing and composing again. And I have had about 5 scans which show the cancer is gone. Been thrown a bit to find out that Ken Peplowski, the nicest guy on earth, has multiple myeloma, and that my bass player, Kevin Ray, had a massive heart attack last month; not to mention that one of my closest friends has Parkinson's. Still, we go on. Hopefully I will be recording again by next Spring; ESP has a 2 CD set of mine coming out in November that I am very proud of. So things look semi-hopeful. Love to everyone.
  12. Porgy and Bess, So Many Jazz Adaptations

    Sorry, Chuck D. was full of shi# about Elvis, who was anything but a racist.
  13. I ran into Bolton playing on the street in San Francisco's Chinatown, maybe 1985. He was clearly a mess, but a very nice guy.
  14. Imaginary Mosaics

    you mean the complete stolen-by-night Archives?
  15. I have oblique connections to both these guys. I studied keyboard harmony with Hugh back in the late '70s; Wyands I always admired and I first booked him into the West End Cafe around the same time. Nobody was calling him so I just looked him up in the book. Nice guy, dry sense of humor. Hugh was a unique and blunt personality, and boy could he play the shit out of the piano.