Forum Contributor 2012, SOTW Saxophone Whisperer,
News still happening but it seems as he succumbed to a long battle with cancer. Sad Day!
I was struck by that too - lots of people calling out his humanity on social media. Such a loss.I interviewed Chris Vadela for my dissertation. He offered a lot of helpful points, and one of these ended up being a cornerstone of the course of study I set out to create in the paper. I never knew him personally, but from all the posts I have seen on social media, he apparently has touched the lives of many in a profound way like he did for me in such a short conversation. Rest In Peace.
Same. The Hollywood Bowl album was wonderful and to listen to Chris play on that live album was such an inspiration and and impetus for me in my early days learning the saxophone. His playing was full of warmth, emotion and lyricism. Great technician too......had great altissimo facility on soprano. He also was a much loved teacher and clinician, such a valuable resource and mentor for students and a wonderful person. I'm very sad today.Sad news. My sister just asked me if I knew who he was. I guess she met someone who is friends with him or related in some way. He was one of the first sax players I ever listened to as one of the few albums my Dad had was Chuck Mangione Live at the Hollywood Bowl. I must have listened to that album 1,000 times when I was a kid! RIP Mr. Vadala! Thanks for the incredible inspiration and impact on me!