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Are there first-hand, true examples of live music, of any kind, at a funeral, which you remember?


Jon King
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Lou Donaldson played an unaccompanied "Thanks For the Memory" at Johnny Griffin's memorial.

Carol Sloane singing "Isn't It a Pity" accompanied by Roland Hanna at Tommy Flanagan's memorial.

I played at a lot of memorial services but a couple stand out: playing "Easy to Remember" with Joe Wilder, Buster Williams, and Tootie Heath at Percy Heath's memorial at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, and playing "Saturn" at John Gilmore's.

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Jim Hall played "Skylark" for Jimmy Raney's Memorial service at St. Peter's. I'm pretty sure he played it at some other guitar player's service also( Atilla Zoller's?).

I played "Nancy With the Laughing Face" at my mother's wake. I started singing it at the part where her name is mentioned, but then I burst out crying

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