[Dixielandjazz] Joe Ashworth

Chris Calabrese lists at jazzpiano.com
Mon Feb 23 16:00:55 PST 2004

I am so very shocked and saddened to hear this news. I had just played with
Joe last November at the Mesa Dixieland Festival. He was recovering from
pneumonia (in fact he almost didn't make it to the festival because of it),
but played at his usual amazing level of musicianship. Joe took what he did
very seriously, and always gave 110% every time I had the pleasure of
playing with him.

For anyone that loves Dixieland, especially if you lived in the Southern
California area, you know that Joe was an icon of modern-day traditional
jazz. He was to me, anyway.

~ Chris

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "R & V Thompson" <rvthompson at earthlink.net>
To: "DJML" <dixielandjazz at ml.islandnet.com>
Sent: Monday, February 23, 2004 2:24 PM
Subject: [Dixielandjazz] Joe Ashworth

> I just received the following e-mail from Phil Kirk, former leader of
> Professor Plum's Jazz:
> --------------
> I'm sorry to report that Joe Ashworth, former leader of the Jumping
> Hot Frogs jazz band, passed away yesterday, Sunday 22nd, from a heart
> attack.
> He apparently had the attack last Wednesday, and went into a coma
> from which he never recovered.
> I have no more details at this time regarding memorial service, etc.
> Since my mailing list is small, please pass this on to others who knew
> Joe and/or played with him over the years.
> Notes can be sent to Dotty at 17462 Ranspot Ave., Lake Elsinore, CA
> 92530, or Email at joeash at gte.net
> Phil Kirk
> --------------
> Bert Thompson
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