DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM   

Go Back   DRUMMERWORLD OFFICIAL DISCUSSION FORUM > Off Topic Lounge

Off Topic Lounge All Discussions Not Related To Drumming

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-03-2008, 03:25 PM
Leadfoot Leadfoot is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Central Illinois
Posts: 417
Default R.I.P. Jeff Healey

Also a fine drummer from what I've read, a great loss to the music industry.

Guitarist and bandleader Jeff Healey dies in Toronto hospital

Following a lengthy struggle with cancer,Healey passes away on the eve of
the
release of a new blues rock album

Jeff Healey, arguably one of the most distinctive guitar players of our
time, died today (Sunday March 2) in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Toronto. He was
41, and leaves his wife, Cristie, daughter Rachel (13) and son Derek
(three), as well as his father and step-mother, Bud and Rose Healey, and
sisters Laura and Linda.
Funeral and memorial arrangements are pending.

Robbed of his sight as a baby due to a r are form of cancer, retino blastoma,
and he started to play guitar when he was three, holding the instrument
unconventionally across his lap. He formed his first band at 17, but soon
formed a trio which was named the Jeff Healey Band.

After his appearance in the movie Road House, he was signed to Arista
records, and in 1988 released the Grammy-nominated album See the Light,
which included a major hit single, Angel Eyes. He earned a Juno Award in
1990 as Entertainer of the Year.
Two more albums emerged on Arista, with lessening success as the ’90s
passed. Various “best-of” and live packages were released, and he recorded
two more rock albums, before turning to his real love, classic American jazz
from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s.
By then, however, Healey was an internationally-known star who had played
with dozens of musicians, including B.B. King and Stevie Ray Vaughan, and
recorded with George Harrison. Mark Knopfler and the late blues legend,
Jimmy Rogers.
A family man with a three-year-old son and a 13-year-old daughter he
preferred to stay close to home. “I’ve traveled widely before — been there
and done that,” he told friends, determined to avoid the lengthy, exhausting
tours that marked his life in his twenties and early thirties.

A long-running CBC Radio series saw him in the role of disc jockey — My
Kinda Jazz was a staple for a while, but in recent years he had hosted a
programme with a similar name on Jazz-FM in Toronto. A highlight of his
broadcasts was always the use of rare — and rarely heard — music from his
30,000-plus collection of 78-rpm records.
As his rock career wound down as the millennium came, he recorded a series
of three album of early jazz, playing trumpet as well as acoustic guitar in
a band he called Jeff Healey’s Jazz Wizards. The most recent was It’s Tight
Like That, recorded live at Hugh’s Room in Toronto in 2005, with British
jazz legend Chris Barber as guest star.
At the time of his death he was about to see the release of his first
rock/blues album in eight years, Mess of Blues, which is being released in
Europe on March 20, and in Canada and the U.S. on April 22. The album was
the result of a joint agreement between the German label, Ruf Records, and
Stony Plain, the independent Edmonton-based label that has released his
three jazz CDs.

Mess of Blues was recorded in studios in Toronto, with two cuts recorded at
the Jeff Healey’s Roadhouse in Toronto and two at a concert in London
England. The backup group on the upcoming CD — the Healey’s House Band —
played with him regularly at the downtown Roadhouse, and at a previous club
bearing his name in the Queen-Bathurst area.

Early last year, Healey underwent surgery to remove cancerous tissue from
his legs, and later from both lungs; aggressive radiation treatments and
chemo therapy, however, failed to halt the spread of the disease.

Despite his battle with cancer, he undertook frequent tours across Canada
with both his blues-based band and his jazz group; he was set for a major
tour in Germany and the U.K. and was to be a guest on the BBC’s famed Jools
Holland Show in April.
Remembered by his musicians — and his audiences — for his wry sense of
humour as well as his musical playfulness, Healey was a unique musician who
bridged different genres with ease and assurance.




Sarah French

Assistant to Jeff Healey
www.jeffhealey.com
www.myspace.com/jeffhealeysjazzwizards
__________________
Sonor Phonics, Ludwigs & Sabians.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 03-03-2008, 07:38 PM
Terry Branam's Avatar
Terry Branam Terry Branam is online now
Official DW Chief Transcriber
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Bay Area
Posts: 246
Default Re: R.I.P. Jeff Healey

So sad...


I'll never forget seeing this performance back in the day.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rBBCJ68mC4c

He was so great.



Terry
__________________
My Drummerworld Page
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 03-03-2008, 08:21 PM
sticksnstonesrus's Avatar
sticksnstonesrus sticksnstonesrus is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Virignia Beach, Virginia
Posts: 762
Default Re: R.I.P. Jeff Healey

Man, that's awful. I loved listening to Jeff Healey. Some of the best driving music ever. Just masterful.

A sad day. Right after Buddy Miles too. Double-whammy.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 03-04-2008, 09:44 AM
drummerstix_au's Avatar
drummerstix_au drummerstix_au is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 142
Default R.I.P. Jeff Healy

Hi Everyone,

I was just reading the sad news about Jeff Healy.

Such a legendary guitarist to have a lifelong battle with blindness and cancer. Hope he's up there rockin with SRV.

As a drummer with a disability. I always found Jeff's music and achievements so inspiring.

Anyway RIP Jeff Healy
__________________
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 03-04-2008, 06:16 PM
michael drums
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: R.I.P. Jeff Healey

Quote:
Originally Posted by Terry B. View Post
So sad...


I'll never forget seeing this performance back in the day.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=rBBCJ68mC4c

He was so great.



Terry
Absolutely, Terry!

He was quite innovative the way he adapted to his disability. Just an awesome talent!

SRV was very impressed with Jeff, and thought the world of him. Now, they're both playing the blues for the angels! And, I'm sure, quite impressively.

Oh, and btw...that's Omar Hakim on the skins in this video. Just in case no one noticed! ;-)

RIP Jeff Healey! You will be missed. :-(
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 03-04-2008, 06:39 PM
Bruce M. Thomson's Avatar
Bruce M. Thomson Bruce M. Thomson is offline
Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Toronto,ON Canada
Posts: 866
Default Jeff Healy Passes Away

Sad day for music lovers here and else where.
Article attached
Attached Files
File Type: doc Jeff Healey.doc (41.0 KB, 72 views)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 03-04-2008, 11:50 PM
michael drums
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: R.I.P. Jeff Healey

And...


I remember him back in the 80's, with his Jeff Healey Band, and I was in awe of how really incredible his guitar sounded, dispite of the way he played. And with the times he would get up off his chair, run around the stage, and NEVER miss a note or lose his place in the song, and have the most stunning stage presence imaginable!

Jeff Healey...a true musical hero!

Play On, Jeff!! ;-)
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 03-05-2008, 09:04 PM
michael drums
Guest
 
Posts: n/a
Default Re: R.I.P. Jeff Healey

Hey Y'all,


Let's keep this thread going...in tribute to JH.


He was amazing, and we should post more about him. He deserves, at least, that much.


Woulda' ya say, everyone? Got any memories of him? Or tributes?

Thanks! ;-)
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 03-09-2008, 11:11 AM
junglelord's Avatar
junglelord junglelord is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 482
Default Re: R.I.P. Jeff Healey

We will always miss you Jeff and you will always be loved and remembered. Gods Speed to his family.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are Off
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off




All times are GMT +2. The time now is 01:00 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Bernhard Castiglioni's DRUMMERWORLD.com