Recorded live at the Kool Jazz Festival at Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., in 1982 with Roger Kellaway, David Williams, Carl Burnett
From the Memoir:
“I’m not done yet,” we all heard Art say. “I got more
time. I want to play another song.”
The audience began a chant of “more!”
“I’m not finished,” Art repeated. “I want to play just one
They’d made a mistake. Some of “our” time had been
taken up by festival announcements. Art walked to the wings,
again pointing at his watch. The audience was getting mad,
but the invisible personage persuaded Art to end his set. Art
walked back to center stage, asked the audience to take the
disappointment graciously as he would try to do. He thanked
them all and said goodbye.
“When You’re Smiling” was the last song he ever played.
He played it on the clarinet, on his first horn, in his youngest
voice, and said he wasn’t done. Nine days later Art was in a
coma. Six days after that he died.
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