Posted: Jun 25, 2010 10:52 am
Never an ounce of pretentiousness at his club. He chatted you up like an old friend when you entered. And he sat down with old and young, black and white; he never seemed to notice. My favorite nights were always the Sunday night jams, especially 2nd set, when students and mentors alike would take the stage. He seemed to give back twice what he took from this place. And boy did he love that microwave popcorn!
He'd get so irritated with the Chicago Jazz scene during jazz fest, all flocking to his club that weekend, while ignoring him most of the rest of the year. So he used to head down to NOLA to swap club ownership with Kidd Jordan. Always cracked me up.
I really enjoyed watching him bring Hamid Drake onto the scene, and mentoring him into an amazing percussionist.
Very fond memories of Fred and Velvet. Very fond. Really hope Velvet lives on.
Sunday, 4th of July, AACM Jam session is scheduled to play. Should be a great show.
Thanks, Fred. http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_kCjFhGSjjwQ/ScaTAbD_auI/AAAAAAAAAIA/-sR1Og6e Xnw/s400/velv-5.jpg