Fritz Richmond

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Fritz Richmond

Postby selmer_636 » Wed Nov 23, 2005 7:13 pm

Better known as the washtub bass player in Jim Kweskin's Jugband, Fritz was one of the key connecting rods between older folk musicians of the 20's and 30's and their rediscovery in the 1960's. His importance in American music is underscored by the fact that his bass now sits in the Smithsonian. A kind, generous and funny man, he gave me my first shot as a jazz singer years ago in a small group with Stu Dodge and Rebecca Kilgore. Needless to say, I was scared shitless to play music with musicians of their experience and maturity, but Fritz was always so encouraging to me that it helped take the edge off considerably. It was also a treat to hear his stories about the old days with a cast of characters that read out of a 60's pop history book. He lost a long battle with cancer here in Portland on Sunday. I'll miss him a lot.

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