Monday, July 28, 2008

Johnny Griffin

Another of the great ones has left us....

Johnny Griffin passed away this weekend at the age of 80. He had been living in Europe for quite a while. His obituary mentioned that he didn't make it back here to the US too often. I only had the pleasure of seeing him play once. It was about 1983 at Hop Singh's, a now-defunct jazz club in Los Angeles' Marina del Rey area. He played the pads off of his sax!
Pictured: the autograph I obtained that night.