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September 01, 2009

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John Cooper

Good memories!

Max Gould

August 29. What a sad day for me. Chris Connor has been a daily part of my life, through her recordings, for more than fifty years. And now, "The Thrill Is Gonë."

LEONARD SEED

MY NAME IS LENNY SEED. I PLAYED DRUMS WITH CHRIS IN THE 60'S. I GOT THE GIG FROM MY FRIEND AND GREAT PIANIST PAT REBILLOT. WE PLAYED CHARLIE BYRD'S CLUB IN WASHINGTON(I THINK)IT WAS A GREAT THRILL FOR ME TO PLAY WITH A GREAT JAZZ SINGER THAT I HEARD MANY TIMES AT BIRDLAND, WHEN I WAS YOUNGER. I REMEMBER PLAYING AT THE TOWN TAVERN IN TORONTO AND ROCK AND ROLL WAS PUTTING JAZZ ON THIN ICE. CHRIS HAD A HELL OF A COMEBACK TO A FEW HECKLERS IN THE AUDIENCE AND WAS ADEPT AT CURSING ANYBODY OUT WITH FOUR LETTER WORDS. MAYBE SHE GOT THAT BEING ON THE BUS WITH ALL THOSE BIG BANDS. ANYWAY WE HAD TO LEAVE THE CLUB BEFORE THE NIGHT WAS OVER BECAUSE I THINK THERE WERE SOME MOB GUYS INVOLVED IN THE CLUB. AFTER PAT LEFT I HAD TO BREAK IN A NEW PIANIST FROM EUROPE. I KNEW ALL THE TUNES AN ARRANGEMENTS I AM REAL SORRY TO HEAR OF HER PASSING. SHE WAS A WARM ONDERFUL PERSON AND ONE OF THE GREATEST JAZZ SINGERS.

Lawrence J. KLumas

to me, Chris Connor, jazz vocalist was the best. I spent some time evaluating her songs and they're all A+, A or A-, there's so much originality... This is a late comment, but she was such a wonderful vocalist... I play her songs always... Larry

Wayne Brasler

I collected Chris as a kid growing up in St. Louis in the 1950s. She was always such an enigma to me. I was enthralled with each new album and astounded at the variety in her work; most jazz singers do what they do best and don't wander far from their usual territory. Chris did everything, including pop singles. One of my great thrills, after I moved to Chicago, was seeing her, hearing her and meeting her. The enigma was solved. She turned out to be a very apple pie All American girl from Kansas City, a very calm and sunny lady who treated her fans with care. She was also very beautiful.

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