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Brady Horine Brady Horine from Washington, DC wrote on May 4, 2024 at 10:04 AM
Mr. Donaldson,

Thank you for all the great music. I was born in 1996 in an Ohio suburb, some thirty years after the releases of Midnight Creeper, Alligator Boogaloo, Hot Dog, and the like. I only began listening to soul jazz in the past few years but your music is my favorite by far. I listen to hours of your stuff every week. I feel very fortunate to be able to give you your flowers, metaphorically and virtually, through this page. As you enjoy your much deserved retirement, I wish you good health and happiness.

Brady Horine
Donnell Word III Donnell Word III from Cordova wrote on April 25, 2024 at 5:14 PM
Dr. Donaldson,
It is an honor to address you via email. Thank you for all you have contributed! I must have listened to A Night at Birdland Volume 2 like 100 times! Now I'm working on volume 1! Such a great legacy! You and the great Clifford Brown complemented each other perfectly! Your sound is warm, energetic, smooth and innovative. I believe you're my favorite sax player! I play trumpet. Thank you.
Mark S Mosley Mark S Mosley from Bangkok wrote on April 11, 2024 at 5:01 AM
Hello Lou..I enjoyef the two weeks we did in Spain furing my semester break at Morgan State University. Dven though I was your guitarist, i enjoyed drving us all over.Bith you and Lonnie shared info aboit some never publicized. That convinced me copying was a waste of time. Thanks.
Matthew Lonergan Matthew Lonergan from Oxford Station, Ontario Canada wrote on March 27, 2024 at 6:38 PM
Hi Lou
I just bought your midnight creeper on vinyl.
I have most of your LP’s thanks to me father. He was a huge huge jazz fan and passed away 2019.
He got me into jazz and you are my favourite. My favourite piece is snake bone from say it out loud. Beautiful music
Thank you Mr Donaldson!
Eric Gronneberg Eric Gronneberg from Austin wrote on February 8, 2024 at 11:37 AM
Hey Lou,

I hope you’re doing well! I’m currently transcribing your solo on the song I don’t get around much anymore, from your album with Milt Jackson. I just wanted to tell you that you are a huge inspiration for me and I love listening to your recordings.

Thanks for all you’ve done,
Eric Gronneberg
Jaume Tauler Jaume Tauler from Barcelona wrote on November 5, 2023 at 3:08 PM
Dear Lou,
Happy birthday from Barcelona.
We love you and your music.
Lali & Jaume Tauler
Scott Foust Scott Foust from Amherst wrote on November 1, 2023 at 12:49 AM
Dear Lou,
Happy Birthday! I hope you are doing well. Every year on your birthday, my wife and I play through all your records we have, which is 22. Thanks for all the great music over the years. We just finished listening to Good Gracious. hot Dog is on now. Gravy Train to follow.

Andrew Fox Andrew Fox from Manassas wrote on April 16, 2023 at 11:27 AM
Dear Lou,

I'm currently 58, and I've been a fan since my early twenties, when I first discovered BLUES WALK and shared it with my friends; they also became great fans. I had the pleasure of seeing you at a Jazz Fest appearance in the 1990s, and I enjoyed hearing your stories as much as listening to your playing. You are a funny guy, in addition to being an amazing musician!
You remain one of my great favorites and are my go-to guy for listening to on long drives. Your music is timeless and will never, ever go out of style. I am delighted you've enjoyed such a long life; I wish many more of your jazz contemporaries could have lived and remained active as long as you have. God bless you! And thank you for all the pleasure you've provided for me over the years.
Ianni Stammwitz Ianni Stammwitz from Kaiserslautern wrote on March 3, 2023 at 9:16 PM
Dear Lou Donaldson,

"Your magic music fills my heart with great delights,
let's it fly to the greatest heights,
to the stars that shine so bright.
Jazz is my love you did ignite."
- From the bottom of my heart

I am a 24 years old college student from germany and with this letter I want to express the infinite love I feel for you and your wonderful music.

I would like to thank you for all the countless hours filled with pure happiness, every minute of deepest affection, every second of true felicity, all the tears of joy and all the wonderful memories that are connected to your beautiful music.
I am endlessly grateful for every single time you and your saxophone put a big smile on my face.

Ever since the first bits of your magic sound wrapped my ears in a smooth pillow of heartfelt warmth and sincere tenderness, my yearning mind wandered from dream to dream, reaching enchanted worlds and new horizons never imagined before.

You made me pick up the Saxophone as a child and you manage to always put a smile on my face when I am feeling a bit down. Ever since I've heard your delightful music for the first time, I knew I would have found something to hold on for the rest of my life. You sparked the dream in me to one day study the Saxophone in college.

To conclude this letter I would like to tell you that encountering you and your wonderful music was the best thing that ever happened to me.

Thank you so infinitely much for everything and I wish you all the best,

Berj Hatjian Berj Hatjian from Beirut wrote on February 14, 2023 at 10:52 AM
It was a true pleasure & an honour to have watched the Jazz-Giant LD. play at the North Sea Jazz Festival in either 1994 or 95.
His show was a BIG BANG at the Festival. He played flowfully & flawlessly.
There with my school friend "Najib" at the festival; we cordially took photos with the BIG Jazz MAMMOTH "The ONE & ONLY L.D."
With appreciation & respect from Beirut-Lebanon!
This is how far & diverse ur fan club is!
Blow more life into our souls.
Ruud Gosse Ruud Gosse from Breukelemn The Netherlands wrote on February 4, 2023 at 3:47 AM
Hi Lou,
During the past 30 years, but mainly in the period 1994-2001, I visited many jazz concerts in the Netherlands and in Ljubljana, Slovenia, with my analog photo camera. Recently I picked up my hobby again, with digital camera now.
I digitized my old negatives and published them with the new pictures on the internet: www.jazzfotos.nl. There are now more than 1.000!
It also contains photos of you that I took during your performance at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague July 13th 1996.

(After clicking on your name, scroll down and you will see the pictures. When you click on “All” you will see all the pictures. The best result you get on the PC or Mac.
Are you interested in the (high resolution) files? Please let me know and I will send it to you free of charge via We Transfer.
Ruud Gosse, Breukelen - NL
Jordan Hutcherson Jordan Hutcherson from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote on January 21, 2023 at 1:40 PM
Dear Lou Donaldson,
You've been an inspiration for me since I started playing Alto sax in 2018. Your solo on Night Train was the first that I ever picked out by ear! It's still a part of me and I'm very thankful for your music! Have a great year!
Best wishes from a freshman college student,
Jordan Hutcherson
Danyel Danyel from Wiesbaden, Germany wrote on December 29, 2022 at 10:02 AM
Sir! Happy holidays and a great new year, strutting on your own Boulevard!
Yours sincerely,
Danyel nicholas (one of legions of reed men forever in awe of your alto work)
Nareg Boghosian Nareg Boghosian from Alexandria, Virginia wrote on November 26, 2022 at 11:56 PM
I am a 19 year old guitarist studying jazz at George Mason University in the VA/ DC. I’ve been having fun learning your solos, even the earlier ones from A Night At Birdland. Thanks for your contribution to this music.
-Nareg Boghosian
Elizabeth Slater Elizabeth Slater from Toulouse, France wrote on November 6, 2022 at 5:26 AM
Bon Anniversaire, Sweet Poppa Lou!
John Salvas John Salvas from Oldsmar wrote on November 1, 2022 at 5:28 PM
Happy Birthday, Sweet Poppa Lou!
Elizabeth Slater Elizabeth Slater from Claremont, NH wrote on October 3, 2022 at 12:29 PM
Dear Mr. Donaldson,

I have been thinking of writing to you since the Newport Jazz Festival July 28-30. Please accept my apologies for not writing sooner. It was amazing show. Christen McBride reverently carries the torch and the tradition of Newport Jazz onward in tribute to Mr. George Wein, who will be much missed. My first Newport Jazz festival was 1981. I was 15 years old, and I was huge Dave Brubeck fan. I saw him play that day, along with Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson and Lionel Hampton. Looking back, I can’t express how thankful I was to see these performers or how sad I am to have not seen you play in 2015. This morning, as I was checking the Jazz at Lincoln Center website and Lo and Behold- there you were! A celebration up at Dizzy’s Club in honor of your 96th birthday and a tribute to of all the incredible music you have given us over the years! Congratulations, Mr. Donaldson! Never doubt that we are still listening to “Sweet Poppa Lou” now and always.

Best wishes,
Scott Foust Scott Foust from Amherst wrote on September 9, 2022 at 1:10 AM
Hello Mr Donaldson,
I'm only 65 and have been a musician most of my life. Most of the music I have done is of the New Music variety. About 15 years ago, I got really into 50s Jazz, and, of course, your music. I just saw that you were still alive and wanted to say thanks for all the great music. My favorite records are probably Blues Walk, Here 'Tis, and Jimmy Smith + LD. I hope you are doing well. I salute you!

John Salvas John Salvas from Oldsmar wrote on September 7, 2022 at 10:52 PM
Mr. Donaldson, I am new to the world of Jazz. It only took me 50 years to find this wonderful style of music. I recently purchased a copy of your album "Blues Walk" and it instantly became one of my favorites. "Blues Walk" is the first album that comes to mind when I am discussing Jazz with others. Thank you for this gift. I look forward to exploring your other recordings. Could you tell me which album of yours you would suggest I listen to next? I would consider it an honor to follow your suggestion. Take care.
Colin Thorn Colin Thorn from Varese, Italy wrote on August 9, 2022 at 5:30 PM
Thank you Lou for your wonderful, joyful playing. You are truly a blessed musician. I first heard you nearly 40 years ago, when I was still practically a kid, on a Blue Note anniversary compilation, a track called Peepin'. Absolutely beautiful and as funky as anything I've ever heard before or since. Still digging youe considerable output in 2022.
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
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.
Josep Bou Maria. Josep Bou Maria. from Masarac. Spain. wrote on October 9, 2021 at 3:19 AM
Good morning and thanks for your music and your sound Mr. Lou Donaldson . I have no words to express the happiness I feel listening your music. Thanks and have a good day , Happy birthday Mr. Lou.
Herby Roth Herby Roth from Bensalem, Pa-----near Philly wrote on October 5, 2021 at 4:08 PM
Hey Lou,glad to see that you are still kicking! I'm listening to " Blues Walk " now. I used to see you walking around Manhattan.Usually on 5th avenue. Last time was at " Jewel's " on Broad street in Philly. I wasn't surprised that you still looked twenty five years younger. Thanks for all the great music!! I'm going to try and make that tribute to you in November. Be well!
Malcolm Strachan Malcolm Strachan from Leeds wrote on August 14, 2021 at 4:14 PM
Hi Lou I hope you’re keeping well. I played trumpet with you on 3 uk dates with you about 14 years ago. (Leeds, Brighton and The Eden Project). Be great to talk to you and hear how you are. My number is +447877758069. Email malcstrachan@hotmail.com. I released my debut solo album last year - Malcolm Strachan, About Time. Check it out on Spotify if you get a change. Anyway... Hope you’re well and take care ! All the best, Malc
Raymond Murrell Raymond Murrell from Lawrenceville wrote on August 9, 2021 at 12:50 AM
Dear Mr. Donaldson,

Thank you for your contribution to music as a whole, thank you for your contribution to the Jazz genre. The first Lou Donaldson record I heard was a 45 of my grandfather’s collection. It was your rendition of “Say It Loud”. I found out shortly after that it was a cover of James Brown. I would find more of your recordings and so would many of the Golden Era of Hip Hop’s top producers. Records like “Pot Belly” and “Ode to Billy Joe” would become staples for other generations to revere. “Bye Bye Blackbird” is another one of my favorites. Also thank you for having this forum so that aficionados can let you know personally how you have touched their souls with your musical gifts. Salute Legend!
Michael Francis Michael Francis from Hondo, NM wrote on June 19, 2021 at 6:19 PM
Dear Mr. Donaldson,
I have loved Blueswalk since my teens and still listen to it very often.
Your swinging playing and the beautiful piano solo, plus the drums with Barretto's Conga represent to me the essence of real jazz. These musicians are conversing perfectly in the language of true unadulterated jazz music.
I'm a jazz pianist and friends with one of your friends, Houston Person.We are producing an album and intend to record Blueswalk! I hope it will make you some $$$! More about this project later... I am in great admiration of you and your music. Not sure if you're still playing but I wish you the very best.
Mike D Mike D from Dartmouth wrote on May 6, 2021 at 8:57 PM
Listening to Art Blakey’s A Night at Birdland this evening. Your playing is so outstanding. Thanks for the wonderful music!
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