A nice review of Boyd's sophomore release. With a smattering of nice video clips.
Boyd Lee Dunlop's 89th birthday is today. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great music, my friend. Here is a little snippet of video from his recording session for Boyd's Blues. Sabu Adeyola on Bass and Virgil Day on Drums.
Born 88 years ago today. Listen to what Boyd rendered at age 85! His first record~ Boyd's Blues.
At this Sunday evening’s regular open jam session at the Colored Musicians Club, the jazz and blues players who frequent that place will bid good night to one of their own: the extraordinary Boyd Lee Dunlop, who died on December 27 at the age of 87. The pianist had been familiar to audiences at local jazz and blues clubs, which he’d been playing since he was a kid. Tough circumstances landed him in a nursing home, where he made the acquaintance of a visiting photographer, Bre...ndan Bannon. Bannon, floored by the music Boyd coaxed out of an upright in the home’s cafeteria, got him into a recording studio, thus initiating a late-career resurgence: two CDs, national media coverage, standing ovations at concerts in Babeville’s Asbury Hall. Producer Allen Farmelo, who recorded Boyd’s two albums, called him “an incredible repository of the last century in music”—a supremely talented player who digested everything he heard and made of it something new. Dunlop was alternately sweet and hard, equally full of bravado and regret, and an artist through and through. He once told me that his life ended at 18 and began again at 85. Anyone who heard him play piano in the years between or after knows that just isn’t so: There was a life.
_Geoff Kelley Artvoice
RIP Boyd Lee Dunlop
Brendan Bannon here. Boyd died peacefully yesterday in Buffalo, NY. Special thanks to all of the people who made his late in life recording career a thrill and honor for him. Your support and collaboration meant the word to him and made these last years really great. Allen Farmelo, Hank Roberts, Buffalo Undersound, Jim Calabrese, Dawoud Sabu Adeyola Betsy Frazer Joanna Gillespie, Jessica Thompson, Virgil Day, Edmund Cardoni, Kate Miller Wannemacher, Jon R Hand, Geoff Kelly, Polly Little, Mary Begley, Susan Tanner, George Caldwell, Jeff Wilber, Stephen Evans, Randy Gerlach, The Staff and Caregivers and residents at Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Boyd's Family, Buffalo The Historic Colored Musicians Club, Music Inside Out with Gwen Thompkins, Ginny Rose Stewart and countless others.
Two years ago today Boyd and Sabu and Virgil were practicing for the release of Boyd's Blues! A look back at the stories that came out then. This one by Dan Barry at the NY times. Pictures and video by Todd Heisler.