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John B John B from Greensboro, NC wrote on July 27, 2022 at 11:36 AM
Hi Lou! Hope you're well. Writing from Greensboro, home of Lou's old friend Charlie Morrison and birthplace of Dannie Richmond and Tal Farlow. My mother-in-law lives in Norwood, NC right near Baden. I have been to Baden many times. Glad to see they're giving you the recognition you deserve. Would Lou sign some album covers if I sent them? Would love to add them to my wall. John
Nick Nick from Pineville, La. wrote on July 22, 2022 at 7:27 PM
Mr. Donaldson, I’m so thrilled that you may read my note. I’m pretty new to jazz and I want you to know that from the first time I heard you on Mr. Shiny-A-Ling I was captured by your brilliance. The tone of your music and sax are instantly recognizable to me. I’m so happy that your enjoying life to its fullest. God Bless you and keep up sir.
Elizabeth Slater Elizabeth Slater from Claremont wrote on July 3, 2022 at 2:54 PM
Dear Mr. Donaldson,

As I sit on my porch this summer evening, listening to you play “Gravy Train, Alternative Take” from your 1960 recording, I am still, and always, so grateful to hear you play your sax. All of life’s joys and sorrows are expressed in each breath and every note. You have touched so many people with your music. Never doubt that we are still listening!
Mr. Donaldson, thank you so much. This troubled world is more beautiful because of you and your saxophone. Sending my sincerest thanks and warmest wishes of peace, live, health and happiness,
Elizabeth Slater
KMM KMM from Cary NC wrote on June 30, 2022 at 10:02 AM
Hello Mr. Donaldson,
Just letting you know that I really dig your music, and to say thanks for creating great art. I'm not a musician, just a listener, but I love listening! My favorites of yours are Lou Takes Off and Here 'Tis. And the Night at Birdland volumes of course; that band was one to be reckoned with... Thanks again.
William Robertson William Robertson from White Rock, NM wrote on June 6, 2022 at 7:49 AM
Dear Lou,
I just wanted to join the chorus and tell you how much your music has meant to me. I have no words! Your playing is an inspiration and filled with passion. Much love to you and yours!
michael grau michael grau from Sheffield Lake wrote on May 10, 2022 at 6:53 PM
I met Lou at the Sacred Mushroom coffee house in Columbus Ohio when he visited with his friend Warren Stephens, guitarist. This was in the early 1960's. I was a co-operator of the shop...me - a late teen white boy! He was generous with his time as was John Patton his organist. They invited me and my future wife to see them play in a club in nearby Dayton. The performance is a cherished memory. God bless Lou!!!!!!!!!!!! - Michael Grau
RASTAOSAX RASTAOSAX from PARIS wrote on April 15, 2022 at 10:57 AM
and WE all take off our pork-pie Hats for great salutations to our SOUL BROTHER
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