We extend our heartfelt sympathy to the family of Dick LaPalm The Jazz Lobbyist. He transitioned recently and is now in the realm of the ancestors with the likes of Nat King Cole. Knowing what a passionate supporter of jazz he has been, how could we begrudge him such a thrilling reunion!
I knew Dick for a little more than two years and was struck by his flawless aesthetic. I was stunned when he once called me during my Wednesday afternoon Jazz from the French Market Show on WWOZ and complimented me on my play list. I had just featured a cut from 'Ninety Miles', the newly released 2011 Concord recording featuring David Sanchez, Stefon Harris and Christian Scott when Dick called, and in a breathless, reverential tone, commented on the "gorgeous-ness" of it. His reaction inspired me to coin the phrase "Seriously gorgeous stuff"...an attempt to define the depths of Revelation that some musicians can conjure up.
I respected Dick LaPalm's aesthetic and I loved his humor. "Goodbye", and "Rest in Peace" are inadequate expressions for cats like Dick LaPalm. I prefer to shout "Au revoir, Mr. LaPalm! And... keep swinging!"
Dick sent me an email with an attached photo (see above) on August 8, 2012. I’ve often looked at it and smiled, but today I know what he wanted me to do with it!
“Maryse, mon amie... If, by a remote chance, you happen to be walking across the Michigan Avenue bridge in Chicago, and spot Nat Cole and LaPalm, please give 'em my best wishes. They're both good ol' friends. Hope you can open the attachment. Take care Illinois Jacquet (sent from my steam-powered sundial)”