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wilfried menten wilfried menten from antwerp (belgium, europe) wrote on March 4, 2021 at 8:34 PM:
Dear Sir,
I bought a record (not cd) goodness gracious me... and after that, I just wanted to hear and learn about all you jazz people.
I can easily say you helped me to cope with life itself.
I am a guitar player myself, right now really into charlie christian.
And than I saw you on Tv, a documentary on blue note.
When all this covid-19 stuff is over, I'll be coming over to the states, especially for the jazz ;-).
You're such a great musician, thank you so much.
As a federal police agent counter terrorism, I get confronted by much evil of mankind, your music helps me staying humane and keep sane
Thank you dear Sir, so much.
All the best to you, and your dear ones.
Jaleel Shaw Jaleel Shaw wrote on February 4, 2021 at 8:48 PM:
Hey Lou! Was just thinking of you today and called, machine said your voicemail is full. Hope you're well and hope to talk to you soon. - Jaleel
Fabian Fabian from Barcelona wrote on January 19, 2021 at 2:37 PM:
A big hug and thanks for the best music
Take care and be happy Mr. Donaldson !!!
Your Fan Nº 1
Benedict Richards Benedict Richards from London wrote on December 18, 2020 at 5:05 PM:
Mr Donaldson, I was listening to your sensual version of 'You're Welcome, Stop on By' and found myself here. Thank you very much for this superb version of one of my favourite songs. Happy Christmas from not-so -sunny Hackney in east London.
Joe Fodor Joe Fodor from Brooklyn wrote on December 3, 2020 at 5:51 PM:
What a thrill to walk around the city with you in my ears -- Blues Walk comes on and you can't help but feel 100% cooler. You have given me thousands of hours of pleasure, and I got to see you and your band at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, with everyone dancing like back in the old day and having a good time. Thank you!
Parker Polen Parker Polen from Lakewood wrote on November 30, 2020 at 10:15 AM:
Lou Donaldson, you were literally one of my very first major inspirations and I can comfortably say that you have changed my life! I thank you endlessly for the immensely fine music that you've created and enlightened the world with. I've found my sound through yours and happily transcribed so much of your repertoire. Happy birthday, I hope it was the best one yet.
(Written while listening to Split Kick [Live at Birdland,1954])
Jalaj Gupta Jalaj Gupta from Delhi (India) wrote on November 30, 2020 at 8:22 AM:
Dear Lou,

You are the reason i picked up alto sax.

Thank you for such great musical memories which i can think off whenever i feel down .(i mean i can hum your songs , they swing)

Happy belated birthday , may you have many more

Love from India
Bill Murphy Bill Murphy from Dunedin wrote on November 27, 2020 at 12:52 PM:
Mr. Donaldson
Every morning your music brings the light into my life since i Lost my wife sweet Angela.
Did you ever play a song named "Angela"
Love ya
The Sunshine Jazz Organization The Sunshine Jazz Organization from Miami wrote on November 24, 2020 at 12:05 PM:
Dearest Sweet Poppa Lou,
On behalf of all of us at the Sunshine Jazz Org, we can never thank you enough for your friendship, talent and generousity over these many wonderful years. You have known us for many decades, celebrating our anniversaries with us, and last December you joined us with Ms. Alice Day for her final South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame celebration as you were Inducted. Very fond memories. Wishing you a fabulous, healthy year ahead. Much love, peace & Happy 94th Birthday!!
Dimitris Milas Dimitris Milas from Athens wrote on November 24, 2020 at 1:57 AM:
Happy Birthday Lou
Thank you very much for the music you offer to us. I try to find your recordings through the years. Your playing is always suberb through all your periods, until today
Happy 94th
syrena Irvin-Robinson syrena Irvin-Robinson from Baltimore wrote on November 21, 2020 at 9:12 PM:
Happy Birthday,
Thank you for many hours of musical enjoyment. My husband & I shall
always treasure your thoughts of the 50's jazz scene's business side given on the Jazz cruise.
Lorraine McKay Lorraine McKay from Milton Keynes wrote on November 19, 2020 at 7:15 AM:
Wishing you a very belated Happy Birthday Mr Donaldson. You are such a talented man who has brought happiness to many people with your sweet tunes. You truly are a unique and special individual. Keep smiling:)
Sandita Sandita from New Rochelle wrote on November 18, 2020 at 8:26 PM:
Happy belated birthday Poppa aka Mr. Donaldson. Thanks for making my ears, feet and heart happy. As I write you this I am jamming to "The Humpback" .....oh yeah. I just love "American Classical Music aka Jazz" and I am doing all I can preserve and spread this wonderful sound.
Ron Sinco Ron Sinco from CANTON wrote on November 17, 2020 at 7:30 PM:
Happy Belated Birthday to you Lou!!
I hope you had a fantastic day!! I was just listening to one of your fine tunes and thought I'd look you up! I saw you a few years ago (not that many) at the Detroit Jazz festival and you were my favorite performer by far!
God bless you Lou. I look forward to wishing you another happy birthday next year. I will try to make it on time, next.time. - Ron
Andre Andre from Bangkok wrote on November 14, 2020 at 12:08 PM:
Happy Birthday, Lou!!! Thanks for all the great records and live performances. Wishing you all the best.
BILL ZAGORSKI BILL ZAGORSKI from ROSWELL GEORGIA wrote on November 14, 2020 at 7:54 AM:
Mr. Donaldson,

Happy Birthday! I am only playing my alto since March, but I have developed an ear and am so glad to have found you! Peace to you and your family.
John Guinther John Guinther from Nashua NH wrote on November 11, 2020 at 2:09 AM:
Mr. Donaldson, wanted to thank for all the magic your music has gifted to a young music lover. Whether it was bebop or boogaloo, your career was always fantastic.

Happy 94th,
Jay Almond Jay Almond from Badin wrote on November 9, 2020 at 5:51 PM:
Lou, greetings from Badin, I hope your birthday was a great one.
Nancy K Nancy K from Wisconsin wrote on November 4, 2020 at 10:33 PM:
Mr. Donaldson, you have given my husband and me such joy listening to you through the years. Happy 94th birthday to you. You are the greatest.
Jesse Jones Jr Jesse Jones Jr from Miami wrote on November 4, 2020 at 12:53 PM:
Happy Birthday to a great person and friend!!!
Dale Loveland Dale Loveland from Montreal wrote on November 4, 2020 at 7:55 AM:
Happy Bday from Canada!
Ron Hale Ron Hale from Parlin, New Jersey wrote on November 3, 2020 at 11:32 AM:
Ron Hale from Parlin, NJ Happy 94th Birthday to a truly great man an Outstanding Musician!!!
Todd Barkan Todd Barkan from Baltimore, MD wrote on November 1, 2020 at 11:20 PM:
Happy 94th Birthday to one of my favorite human beings, Sweet Poppa Lou!
Keep Swingin,
Todd Barkan
Roy Mercado Roy Mercado from Lorraine wrote on November 1, 2020 at 8:26 PM:
Dear Mister Donaldson - thanks for sharing this life-time of amazing music.

Roy Mercado
Montreal Canada
Beverly Gordon Wormley Beverly Gordon Wormley from Largo wrote on November 1, 2020 at 7:57 PM:
Happy Birthday 🎂🎂.
Rachael and Harry Rachael and Harry from Camp Hill, PA wrote on November 1, 2020 at 6:53 PM:
Have a wonderful Birthday, Sweet Papa Lou!

A wonderful person, extraordinary musician, and the purest of them all!!!!
Theola Turner Theola Turner from Charlotte wrote on November 1, 2020 at 5:24 PM:
Uncle Lou
Adam and I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday today!!
Have some birthday cake and blow out those candles!! Enjoy
Much Love
Thee and Adam
Reverent Moses aka Abbas Reverent Moses aka Abbas from London wrote on November 1, 2020 at 5:11 PM:
Dear Poppa Lou,
Wishing you love, good health and everlasting joy and happiness on you birthday......and thank you for your friendship!
Reverend Moses -Aka Abbas-
Clayton Earle Clayton Earle wrote on November 1, 2020 at 3:55 PM:
Happy Bday LOU!
gasparina vincent gasparina vincent from paris wrote on November 1, 2020 at 3:17 PM:
hey,just heard on the french radio (FIP) it was your birthday! HAPPY BDAY MR DONALDSON!
charles W. charles W. from Fort Lauderdale wrote on November 1, 2020 at 2:07 PM:
Happy Birthday Sweet Papa! The sweet notes continue...enjoy your day!
Eugen Eugen from Frankfurt, Germany wrote on November 1, 2020 at 1:50 PM:
Hello Dear Mr. Lou, I and my wife Kerry wish you all the best for your birthday! The entire Jazzkeller Frankfurt family sends you and your family our sincere wishes for a healthy and safe year. Thank you for your amazing contribution to the jazz culture! Eugen Hahn
John B John B from Greensboro, NC wrote on November 1, 2020 at 10:40 AM:
Happy birthday brother Donaldson from Greensboro NC, home to your old friend Charlie Morrison and birthplace of Dannie Richmond and Tal Farlow. Was listening to your "Everything I play is Funky" and "Here 'Tis" this morning while I work from home. Hope you and family are well. Thanks for all the great music.
Yvonne Julian Yvonne Julian from Greenville, SC wrote on November 1, 2020 at 9:20 AM:
Happy Birthday Poppa Lou,
Thank you for teaching me what real jazz is, for all your years of support of AASF, and for great jokes. Meow. Keep Celebrating. Lots of love, the Julian Family
Randy Smith Randy Smith from Kobe wrote on November 1, 2020 at 3:46 AM:
Dear Mr. Donaldson, hope you have a wonderful birthday! Had a nice chat with your daughter yesterday, and I guess she will fill you in on what we talked about. Would love to talk to you sometime. Meantime, just listened to "Wailing with Lou," and before that, "Alligator Boogaloo." Wonderful sounds, sir!
Joe Arens Joe Arens from SPRINGFIELD, MO wrote on October 30, 2020 at 10:18 AM:
Hi Lou, Happy Birthday!. Thank you for making our world a better place with your music. I saw you perform at the Village Vanguard a few years ago with Pat Bianchi playing the organ, it was a performance that I'll never forget.
Tomás Cavaco Tomás Cavaco from Lisbon wrote on October 29, 2020 at 7:02 PM:
Hi there,

I just want to give my best greetings to Mr. Lou Donaldson, witch I consider to be one of the best saxophone players of all history.

With the best regards,

Tomás Cavaco
Roger Drakes Roger Drakes from Hollywood CA ex UK (London) wrote on October 27, 2020 at 5:43 PM:
Happy Birthday Lou ...... I'm a huge fan having your recordings on vinyl in my collection ...... Bless to see such an incredible age, God bless you sir
Enno Enno from Dublin wrote on October 7, 2020 at 9:46 AM:
Whenever I get in a bad mood, your beautiful music cheers me up for example this wonderful video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNnpk50vfhU&app=desktop among many others.

I am missing traveling to your concerts...

Best wishes!
Nelson Pinto Nelson Pinto from Esmoriz - Portugal wrote on October 6, 2020 at 3:36 AM:
Hello from Portugal. "Lou’s Blues" is a well known song in Portugal, specially among listeners of jazz. It is the introduction (and ending) tune to the oldest radio jazz show that currently exists in our country. It is called "5 minutes of Jazz" and is presented by the one and only Jose Duarte. By oldest I mean 54 years old (as of 2020).

I knew this tune long before I knew who Lou Donaldson was.

Best wishes to one of the best.

From Portugal, obrigado and boa sorte.

Nelson Pinto
Peter Peter from Sydney wrote on September 29, 2020 at 6:31 AM:
Dear Mr Donaldson Just playing Swing & Soul
It’s a beautiful session Thank you for all the wonderful
Music We were lucky enough to sit next to you 10 years ago at Birdland at a Louis Hayes gig My wife did speak to you and commented on you being a gentleman All the best Peter & Jane Sydney Australia
GUILLERMO "BILLY" SUAREZ GUILLERMO "BILLY" SUAREZ from Fort Lauderdale wrote on September 22, 2020 at 11:13 AM:
Papa Lou. Thanks for all the great music. I cold called you about a decade ago when your daughter gave me your home phone. Just want to say thanks for all the great music and the even better break beats. Besides being an All-Star jazzman you hold a special place in Hip Hop history with some of the most iconic samples ever. Thanks again.


Jo G Jo G from London wrote on September 8, 2020 at 4:21 PM:
Hello from the UK, thankyou for such fine, stellar musicianship. Wishing you very well.
Vincent Mischitelli Vincent Mischitelli from Cape Coral wrote on August 1, 2020 at 9:24 PM:
You are just wonderful. I'm an 84 yr. old tenor player.
david edmondson edmondson david edmondson edmondson from kendal cumbria engalnd uk wrote on July 12, 2020 at 2:17 PM:
Troy Albanese Troy Albanese from Tucson wrote on July 5, 2020 at 4:16 PM:
Lou you are definitely one of the best, and one of my personal favorite jazz musicians of all time. "Hotdog!"
Jacqueline Thomas Jacqueline Thomas from Waldorf wrote on June 27, 2020 at 10:50 AM:
Good Morning Lou Donaldson and daughter Carol: First, I pray your are well during these trying times. It's been over 60 years that I remember so well. I was getting into the elevator, pressing the third floor where I lived with my parents, (Jesse & Irene) and siblings, in Throg's Neck. As the elevator door slowly crept to close; it reopened; and these beautiful, well dressed black men got on with these large enclosed instruments; and I would gasp! This occasion happen more than once and as I reflect back, I always wondered who were the musicians accompanying your father. My brother and I would love to know! Thank you Lou for the exhilaration of your music. May God Bless You.
Match Canan Match Canan from Circleville, Ohio wrote on June 24, 2020 at 8:55 PM:
One of the best yet.
Cheers to the smoothest dude to blow a sax.
Thanks for the tunes, Mr. D
Len Burnette Len Burnette from London wrote on December 11, 2019 at 8:16 PM:
Hello Lou, I love the 'Turtle Walk' track from the 'Hot Dog' in the late 1960s and I keep playing it. I never saw you play live but I still want to say a big thank you anyway.
Takefumi Takefumi from Nagoya, Japan wrote on November 19, 2019 at 8:41 AM:
I love your saxophone tone. Your music always make me happy!
Thank you very much!
James Hamilton James Hamilton from Toronto wrote on November 1, 2019 at 9:31 PM:
Dear Mr Donaldson - Congratulations on your 93rd birthday - with heartfelt thanks for sharing the gift of your gorgeous, soulful music, which will is for the ages.
Dan Feldman Dan Feldman from Orlando, FL wrote on November 1, 2019 at 7:46 PM:
Dear Lou, Happiest of birthdays to you! I had the (extreme) pleasure of meeting and talking to you in Miami on January 18, 1988 (you signed two of my albums) and again in Orlando about ten years ago, It was YOUR alto saxophone playing that got me into jazz, and for that I will be eternally grateful. Meeting you was one of the greatest experiences of my life! In addition to superb alto playing, you had me doubled-over with laughter! God bless you, Mr. Donaldson!
Reuter Julius Reuter Julius from Guadalupe wrote on November 1, 2019 at 12:51 PM:
Happy Birthday Mr. Donaldson! I had the pleasure of seeing you perform and meeting you at the Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles in July 2002. You are a fantastic musician and a total class act. Thanks for all the pleasure you have given the world with your music! Have a wonderful birthday.
Tony jones Tony jones from Cleveland Ohio wrote on November 1, 2019 at 11:23 AM:
Saw you years ago in Cleveland at the Sirhhar House Excellent Show one Awesome Saxophonists 🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷👌🏾👍🏾😎 Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎊🎉 .
Jay Almond Jay Almond from Badin wrote on October 29, 2019 at 9:56 PM:
Happy Birthday Lou from the Town of Badin. You are an entertainer extraordinaire, a walking master class and a true source of pride and joy. Badin couldn't ask for a finer ambassador of art and soul than it has in you. We've got something cooking back home that might put a smile on your face so swing in and see us when you can. Until then, play on good man, play on.
Nico Nico from The Hague wrote on June 1, 2019 at 1:33 PM:
I still enjoy your music every day ever since I discovered it. There were several albums in my fathers collection and as a teenage bassplayer I was very eager in learning all kinds of music. I loved the sound of your sax immediately, and I have done ever since. I hope you are well. Lots of love and friendship from the Netherlands to you and your beloved ones!
Anna Anna from Zürich wrote on January 24, 2019 at 7:26 PM:
Dear Mr Donaldson,
We are forever grateful for your talent, music and inspiration! But above all were are forever grateful for putting our son to sleep every night since he was 2 weeks old!! He's surely your littlest biggest fan!! His reaction to your music is unique and unbelievable! We love you so much! Thank you!
Anton Anton from Ryazan (Russia) wrote on July 14, 2018 at 2:53 PM:
Dear Lou, thank you for your creativity!
Your music helps to live and keep self-control in difficult moments.
I write through an online translator, so it's not cool.
loudonaldson loudonaldson wrote on November 1, 2017 at 4:00 PM:
Happy 91st Birthday to Sweet Poppa Lou!!

Born: November 1, 1926

With love from all your adoring Fans, Friends, and Family
Fabian Fabian from Barcelona wrote on May 17, 2017 at 8:21 PM:
Thanks for the best music, Mr. Donaldson, I am your fan Nº1.

I'm Argentinean living in Barcelona.

I hope to see it for Barcelona soon.

Pascal Snijders Pascal Snijders from Amsterdam wrote on January 7, 2017 at 1:47 PM:
Thanks for the music, absolute legend!
Everything you play is Funky!
Rudy Rudy from Atlanta,Georgia wrote on December 15, 2016 at 4:12 AM:
Hello Mr.Donaldson.( And All Dat Jazz)
With hopes that this reaches you.And or read to you.As I know you don't manage any websites.
I have followed your music and career at a very young age.Even before I knew what jazz was.And even before my late uncle Duke Pearson,arranged for your Lush Life album.And have mainly enjoyed all of your classic sessions.As well as many other things you have done.But I grew up on Blue Note.I'm hoping to catch you at the Rialto Center for the Arts.January 21,2017.With Ramsey Lewis,Jimmy Cobb and Richard Davis.I'm sure it will be fantastic.So look for me (lol) And hopefully I will get the chance to meet you also.All the best now and for days to come.Rudy.Nephew of the late Duke Pearson.
Nico Nico from The Hague wrote on December 8, 2016 at 7:14 PM:
I just got into jazz, and am listening to a lot of Blue Note albums lately. What a beautiful music! It is so nice to hear these grooves, these players... When listening you immediately notice dedication, virtuosity, creativity but most for all the fun they seem to have! And this music was recorded before I was born. These people know how to play, to groove and to enjoy the audience and themselves! I really love the music and I am thankful for that!
Robert Dion Robert Dion from Evansville, IN wrote on June 25, 2016 at 9:06 PM:
I've only had the pleasure of seeing you in concert one time (an unforgettable night at the Syracuse Jazz Festival), but I have been grooving to your music ever since then. When you said that from now on everything you do is going to be funky, you sure didn't lie! Many thanks for all that you have done to bring so much joy to so many people.
Richard ('Buddah') Smith Richard ('Buddah') Smith from Cleveland, Ohio - Philadelphia, PA wrote on February 29, 2016 at 2:28 AM:
Greetings my Dear Brother Lou Donaldson: I’ve enjoy your music (JAZZ) over many, many years and will continue to do so; thank you for your contributions to JAZZ music. I wish you a very Happy 89th Birthday my friend and fellow musician; may you have many, many, many more; enjoy your day ….
ALAN NIBLOCK ALAN NIBLOCK from BELFAST wrote on February 13, 2016 at 9:18 PM:
Hi Lou
Hope you are well. We are looking forward to your show at Hot Clube de Portugal, Lisbon on Wed. 24th February, 2016....take care.

jose antonio peña jose antonio peña from MADRID ( SPAIN ) wrote on February 10, 2016 at 6:40 PM:
Hi Lou you is the more great, thanks for your music.Greetings from Spain. here I people There are people who love you and admire you. I hope you come back here. thanks for all the good times that you've given us.
Stan Sinberg Stan Sinberg from Daly City, Ca wrote on January 30, 2016 at 6:32 PM:
Dear Lou - Although I've undoubtedly heard your playing on countless tracks, I never "heard" of you by name before I tuned into the middle of an interview on Sirius radio this AM and heard you talking about music and baseball and I thought 'Who is this guy?' Anyway, just wanted to say I could've listened to you all day! What a great, warm and expressive conversation! Thanks for getting my day off to a great start.
Stan Sinberg
Charlie Charles Charlie Charles from North London wrote on January 26, 2016 at 10:16 PM:
I still have the fondest memories of your gig in London at the Jazz Cafe in Camden Town. Circa 2000, if I recall correctly. One of the best Jazz gigs I have ever witnessed. I would love, as would many more, to see you return. All the best, Lou.
KIM CLARKE KIM CLARKE from EAST ELMHURST wrote on January 10, 2016 at 12:52 PM:
Thank you Sweet Papa Lou D. I sure miss the days at the Jazz Cultural Theatre and running into you all on the road and such.
What is your secret? You still look and sound great! Peace ,Love and Jazz!
jim willoughby jim willoughby from toronto wrote on November 27, 2015 at 11:08 PM:
My Brother and I are travelling from Canada to see your concert in Flushing Dec.12th. I just wanted to write how we are so excited to be able to attend Mr. Donaldson, and thank you for your wonderful gift of music to us all.
Mike Gold Mike Gold from Detroit wrote on November 15, 2015 at 7:05 AM:
Thanks for everything you have given to jazz.
testi tajada testi tajada from Alicante Spain wrote on November 2, 2015 at 3:56 PM:
Hey pappy, happy 89 birthday, Best whises from Spain