[Dixielandjazz] Jess Stacy

Stephen Barbone barbonestreet@earthlink.net
Wed, 13 Nov 2002 09:36:07 -0500

Stacy played at the 1974 Newport Jazz Festival to a very warm reception and did
start playing again after that making two records on the Chiaroscuro label. But
he still faded away. I suspect for lack of audience. The solo moment from
"Sing, Sing, Sing" is one that we musos have been talking about on the list.
That rare occurrence in a jazz performance when something extraordinary happens
and it all comes together. Usually unrecorded, BUT in this case it was recorded
as an example of a "magical moment" that is truly a treat to hear as it taks

Steve Barbone

Burt Wilson wrote:

> What is so sad about Jess Stacy's life (he's my favorite piano player, BTW)
> is that for about the last 20 years of his life he was working as a
> warehouseman at the Max Factor cosmetic company in Hollywood. To this day I
> don't know whether he just didn't want to play or whether nobody knew he was
> around.
> Burt Wilson