A big hug and thanks for the best music
Take care and be happy Mr. Donaldson !!!
Your Fan Nº 1
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.
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!
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])
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
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"
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!!
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
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.
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:)
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.
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
Happy Birthday, Lou!!! Thanks for all the great records and live performances. Wishing you all the best.
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.
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.
Lou, greetings from Badin, I hope your birthday was a great one.
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.
Happy Birthday to a great person and friend!!!
Ron Hale from Parlin, NJ Happy 94th Birthday to a truly great man an Outstanding Musician!!!
Happy 94th Birthday to one of my favorite human beings, Sweet Poppa Lou!
Dear Mister Donaldson - thanks for sharing this life-time of amazing music.
Have a wonderful Birthday, Sweet Papa Lou!
A wonderful person, extraordinary musician, and the purest of them all!!!!
Adam and I want to wish you a very Happy Birthday today!!
Have some birthday cake and blow out those candles!! Enjoy
Thee and Adam
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-
hey,just heard on the french radio (FIP) it was your birthday! HAPPY BDAY MR DONALDSON!
Happy Birthday Sweet Papa! The sweet notes continue...enjoy your day!
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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,
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
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...
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.
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
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.
Hello from the UK, thankyou for such fine, stellar musicianship. Wishing you very well.
You are just wonderful. I'm an 84 yr. old tenor player.
JUST TO WISH YOU A VIRUS FREE TIME
THE MUSIC VIRUS IS SOMETHING ELSE but VERY BEST WISHES INDEED FROM THER UK
Lou you are definitely one of the best, and one of my personal favorite jazz musicians of all time. "Hotdog!"
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.
One of the best yet.
Cheers to the smoothest dude to blow a sax.
Thanks for the tunes, Mr. D
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.
I love your saxophone tone. Your music always make me happy!
Thank you very much!
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.
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!
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.
Saw you years ago in Cleveland at the Sirhhar House Excellent Show one Awesome Saxophonists 🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷🎷👌🏾👍🏾😎 Happy birthday 🎂🎈🎊🎉 .
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.
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!
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!
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.
Happy 91st Birthday to Sweet Poppa Lou!!
Born: November 1, 1926
With love from all your adoring Fans, Friends, and Family
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.
Thanks for the music, absolute legend!
Everything you play is Funky!
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.
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!
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.
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 ….
Hope you are well. We are looking forward to your show at Hot Clube de Portugal, Lisbon on Wed. 24th February, 2016....take care.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Thanks for everything you have given to jazz.
Hey pappy, happy 89 birthday, Best whises from Spain