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Hart McNee Passed July 14: Rest in Peace, Dear Friend

Hart McNee
Tag(s): Reflections and rants

New Orleans flautist Hart McNee passed away July 14, 2009, at the age of 66. A memorial will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 18, at Sound Café on Port and Chartres in the Bywater.

T.R. Johnson will honor McNee with a "Hart Party" on today's Jazz from the Market show from 4-7 p.m. He sends an open invite to musicians who worked with McNee to stop by the WWOZ studio during the show. Call the DJ booth at 504-568-1234 (or 1239) for more info.


Hart in the AM

There is not one barista who has worked in the Marigny or Bywater in the past ten years who doesn't know Hart and Otto. My favorite game was to see if I could decide what Hart would have for breakfast before he could. I will miss him so much.

Seeing Hart laugh out loud

Seeing Hart laugh out loud so many times at his long battle with cancer had me believing that he would just never die, that he was just too bright of a beam. But even despite today's sad news I do still believe that, that the man with the biggest sound (who played the softest instument,)and who could see with the shapest gaze, has only just gotten brighter. Now too loud and too bright for us to humanly comprehend I know his spirit has only grown more alive. May your journey to the ancestral lands be smooth my friend. I'll see you in the big forest one day. xox kid

fly away, hart

I am so glad I can stream WWOZ from my travels abroad.......and I am now listening to Hart's music this morning from 5,000 miles away. Thank you all for making it possible for me to close my eyes and remember what he looked like when he was playing, and I can remember when he laughed out loud from the stage and got all crazy. Loved that man and his amazingly beautiful spirit. Peace.

RIP Hart

Hart simply was the coolest cat in town, an amazing player, and an inspiration in his music, life, and staring down his disease. Yo, Hart, tell Kufaru we say hello.

Hart McNee

The most memorable Sax solo By Hart can be found on the Frenchman Street records #1; on the Sabor a Mi track by Rudy's Caribbean Funk.

Mucho Love Hart.

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