MAX COLLEY III
It was around 1982 that Don Gallagher introduced me to Jon Faddis on an album called "Joust Oscar Peterson and The Trumpet Kings" and I fell in love immediately.
Fast forward to 1987 I finally get to hear Jon live twice. Once at a Jazz For Life Event in Detroit with Ellis and Branford Marsalis then at the ITG Festival that was held in Kalamazoo.
Then in 1993 I got my chance to get a lesson with Jon and then share the stage with him with my college jazz band at Central Michigan University.
I've seen Jon hundreds of times since and he has become in addition to being my hero and mentor yet, a dear friend. I have learned so much from Jon not only about music but about life. I have seen Jon do such amazing things with people when nobody is looking. I have had the pleasure to share the stage with him on numerous occasions since (usually calling me out of the audience to play "West End Blues" which he taught me at his house on a visit). (The last time was at Andy's club in Chicago and he just gave me his horn to play as I was sitting at a table in front of the stage. LOL)
Jon has literally played with everyone in jazz since he has been alive. He is a true master in my book and my life is so enhanced by his presence and friendship. I could make this very long but I still would not convey the love I have for him. So born on this day July 24, Mr. Jon Faddis!