A show raising funds and paying tribute to St. Louis businessman and musician Thomas Person (pictured) is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday, March 28 at The New Ambassador, 9800 Halls Ferry Road.
The father of the well-known jazz saxophonist Eric Person, Thomas Person runs his own air conditioning and heating company, and also is a saxophonist and jazz enthusiast himself. He had a stroke in January, and this show is intended to raise funds to help with his unexpected medical bills. According to the Facebook page for the event, Eric Person will be on hand to perform, with other musicians to be announced as they are confirmed. Suggested donation at the door will be $10.
UPDATE - 11:30 p.m. 3/9/10: Via an email from Eric Person, the list of musicians performing at the event includes guitarists Dave Black and Chris Burchett, the Bosman Twins, pianist Pauline Stark, Phil Gomez' Latin Jazz Ensemble, Willem von Hombracht and the St. Louis New Jazz X-Tet, the Ed Nicholson Trio and the Eddie Randle Trio. They'll be joined a lineup of singers including Jeanne Trevor, Mae Wheeler, Mary Dyson, Wendy Gordon, Bill Tucker, Austin Layne, Janice Battle and Diane Vaughn.
(On a personal note, I've had a chance to meet Thomas Person and jam with him on a couple of occasions, and he's a fine gentleman. Here's hoping for a good turnout on March 28, and a speedy and complete recovery for Mr. Person. )
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