911turbo said:What a bummer. My good friend and amazing saxophone player is really sick.
Boots Randolph turned 80 a couple of weeks ago and he was playing and sounding as great as ever. He was playing lots of gigs and had many jobs lined up for the rest of year. He has a new great album out and is even scheduled to play the famous Iridium jazz club in New York this October.
Well anyway, on Monday night a week ago, he was admitted to a Nashville Hospital and is in critcal condition. If you are the praying type, please say a prayer for him. Sadly, a week later he is not doing any better.
What a shame, you couldn't meet a nicer person. I am so fortunate to be able to call him my friend. As a young saxophone player he was my idol. In the 80s I got to meet him. In the 90s we became friends, in 2000 he played at my wedding and then last year I got to play on stage with him and our Philharmonic orchestra...What a treat.
Hang in there Boots...we are praying for you!
Yep, that's me...The very first record (back when they were records) was a Boots Randolph record my parents got me for my birthday. I had just started to play saxophone and I wore out my first copy of Yakety Sax....Martinman said:I saw you two play on stage together (assuming you are the Chuck Surack who lives in my town who played with Boots and the local Philharmonic). It was pretty cool, the third time I had seen him in concert. I got to meet him at the clinic at IPFW the day before the concert, and it was one of the greatest moments of my life. He was really nice, and signed a piece of Yakety Sax sheet music for me.