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Jay Ehrgott Jay Ehrgott from Lakeland, FL wrote on April 14, 2022 at 8:49 PM
I just wanted to let you know I am transcribing the tune Blue Walk currently and I'm very interesting in working some of the riftfs through the 12 keys, really great tune and craftsmanship on the song, thanks so much.

Would you mind sharing your setup when recording that song, thanks.
Fabian Fabian from Granollers wrote on February 24, 2022 at 7:22 AM
Dear Lou, a very big hug. With love
daniêl nicholas daniêl nicholas from Wiesbaden wrote on February 12, 2022 at 12:51 PM
Good evening!
I will never forget the many times I heard you play in NYC and oversees as the decades flew by. Some of the most memorable nights of my life. Your alto has been crucially influential for many, including me. Hoping you are enjoying your very deserved semi-retirement and also that you find time to work on your book (which, considering how much you experienced will no doubt be very long and extremely interesting),
saluting you displaying the sign of the flatted fifth,
Min Su Byun Min Su Byun from Seattle wrote on February 7, 2022 at 5:59 PM
I'm the biggest fan, your music makes me dance all the time. I wish I were older and liked jazz earlier in my life to have seen you live.
Paul Clements Paul Clements from BECKENHAM wrote on December 31, 2021 at 5:39 PM
Rock on man.....so in awe of your stuff......Happy New Year, the biz.
Peter Graves Peter Graves from Canberra Australia wrote on November 26, 2021 at 8:15 PM
My wife Jenny and I were entranced to asee and listen to Lou at NYC's Blue Note in September 2015. An outstanding and energetic performance that was the highlight of our two weeks in NYC.

It was our last night in NYC and it was such an excellent farewell.

I'm playing "Here t'is" as I type - to remind us. beautiful music from a beautiful person.
JL Walker JL Walker from New York wrote on November 2, 2021 at 10:22 AM
Had the pleasure of meeting this Jazz giant and his Mrs. at 7th Avenue South several years ago. A memorable performance that included the late Tommy Turrentine.
Thank you Poppa Lou for giving the world happiness through your superb talent and contributions to the universe. of Jazz. Happy Birthday !
Gareth Gareth from London wrote on November 2, 2021 at 6:33 AM
Hi Poppa Lou…
Your art has given me joy, introspection, and inspiration over many years, thank you.
I wish you a groovy birthday and many more!

Doug Jayne Doug Jayne from Santa Rosa, CA wrote on November 1, 2021 at 3:46 PM
Happy Birthday Sweet Lou! Playing Autumn Nocturne on the radio (NPR) right now. Keep having birthdays!
Joe Joe from New York wrote on November 1, 2021 at 2:57 PM
Hi Lou,
Your Blues Walk album was one of my earliest influences on the saxophone. I still consider it one of the greatest alto recordings. I can still hear your solo in my mind to “Move”, tremendous! I had the pleasure of gigging with Peck Morrison (from the Blues Walk album) in the late 70s and early 80s. I miss him, he was a sweetheart. Anyway, Happy Birthday Lou, you’re one of the greats on alto and I wish you nothing but health and happiness.
Joe C.
Nate Nate from Milan, MI wrote on November 1, 2021 at 12:35 PM
Happy 95th to you, Lou!! I've been a big fan of your music for a few years now, since I first came across the "Blues Walk" record. Thanks for all of your great music. It puts a great big smile on my face all these years later.
Thomas M Smith Thomas M Smith from Palmyra wrote on November 1, 2021 at 11:25 AM
Papa Lou I just listened to Natural Soul by you in honor of your birthday.

I have listened to you since 1962 when I was stationed in USAF Misawa Japan Happy Birthday
Cyril D. Cyril D. from New York City wrote on November 1, 2021 at 10:45 AM
Happy Birthday Sweet Poppa Lou ! Sadly I cannot joint the celebration at Dizzy's but I am positive that both Champian and Akiko will make your birthday memorable.

No fusion, no confusion !

Sincerely, Cyril
Leroy Jones Leroy Jones from New Orleans wrote on November 1, 2021 at 10:29 AM
Dear Mr. Donaldson, I will always remember when you came out to hear me perform, with my quintet, at the Village Vanguard circa summer of 1998. It was a humbling experience for me and the cats in the band! Thank you for your continued influence and inspiration! You are a continual blessing to the music community in NYC and the world. Happy Birthday with wishes for even more longevity.
Love & Gratitude,
Leroy Jones
Ben Riggin Ben Riggin from London Ontario wrote on November 1, 2021 at 8:40 AM
Happy Birthday Mr. Donaldson! 95 is an amazing milestone to add to your amazing life. Your music has provided so much happiness to so many around the world and the way your horn sings captures the joy in life. I will be going on a "Blues Walk" today before boarding the "Gravy Train" and doing the "Alligator Boogaloo". Thanks so much for the tunes and keep on grooving good sir!

All the best,

Adam Brenner Adam Brenner from Allentown wrote on November 1, 2021 at 5:35 AM
my most sincere wishes for a very happy birthday Lou Donaldson king of the alto saxophone master of jazz and swing and blues.
I’ve been listening to you since I first heard about you when I was a teenager and have enjoyed love and learn from many of your recordings and have seen you live so many times I can’t camp at the best was probably the first one when I introduced myself and you invited me to sit in and I never forget that evening and I’m grateful that you never forget me because you certainly made one of my heroes and mentors and influences.
Your music is true heart and soul and swings like mad and you’ve never compromised because everything you’ve done and attend a stamp of brilliant originality pure straightahead swinging jazz without the fluff.
You played with every giant of jazz there is to name always with the original sound all of your own which is one of the sweetest and most wonderful alto sounds that I’ve ever heard. It’s a great pleasure to stay in touch with you and to hear some of your reminiscences and to discuss some of the great musicians you encountered in your long and legendary career.
And listen to your records endlessly and I have most of them are my favorite ones or some of my favorite ones include The Time is Right and Fried Buzzard but all of your blue note records are incredible classics that have stayed as fresh and exciting to check out as much as when they were recorded.
Lou you are truly one of the greatest musicians and greatest alto saxophonists of all time. You have stayed young at heart and clear of mind.
Aside from your musical mastery you are also a shining example of how to live right and stay healthy.
I got a surprise phone call from a mutual friend, you know the one, that genius pianist from Pittsburgh who had a big hit record on “Poinciana “. He sends his best wishes to you Lou. What more can I say except we love you Sweet Papa Lou, and thank you for giving the listeners and fans so much great music that you gave the world. Is something that will last forever.
Bill McCann Bill McCann from Albany wrote on October 31, 2021 at 7:45 AM
Happy Birthday to Sweet Papa Lou Donaldson. I had the pleasure of first meeting him and hearing him play in the late 1980s in Albany, NY. He "swang" like nobody's business and played with infectious enthusiasm. Having seen him.countless times since then in a number of settings and with a number of outstanding cats including Herman Foster, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Akiko Tsuruga, Pat Bianchi, and Bob Devos amongst others, he never disappointed. He is always approachable, funny and a true gentlemen. I always love hearing him say one of his many famous lines, that I first heard him say regarding Herman Foster - "And from Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love......Until the Weekend!!!!...." Always cracks me up when I think about it, especially when I heard him say it at the Village Vanguard when introducing Fukushi Tainaka! Long Live Lou Donaldson. Truly one of the all-time greats.
Charles Whitsey Charles Whitsey from Boston wrote on October 29, 2021 at 4:10 PM
Happy Birthday Master Louis A. Donaldson. Have been listening to your work for 67 of my 79 years. Your sound is your own, great. All the best.
Stefan Latzel Stefan Latzel from Moers, Germany wrote on October 23, 2021 at 4:28 PM
Hello Mr. Donaldson,

I‘m so happy, that you can celebrate your 95.th birthday soon!!! Thank you so much for your contribution for a groovy world. Saw you in Cologne/subway and The Hague in the 90th.

Once again: Thank you!!!

Nico Nico from The Hague, The Netherlands wrote on October 11, 2021 at 11:12 AM
I wish you a wonderful birthday together with family, relatives, friends and all the people you love. And of course with lots of music! I still enjoy your music a lot and wish you a very blessed and fun birthday!
Warm regards, Nico.