[Dixielandjazz] Chris Griffin

Rick Knittel knittelsportland at juno.com
Mon Jun 20 15:15:59 PDT 2005

I remember someone asking Chris in a back stage conversation, what was it
like that night in Carnegie Hall to play that opening phrase of "Don't Be
That Way".

He responded by singing the figure that the brass had, "Bupp Bupp,

I asked him once whether he knew a Gordon Griffen and he responded that
is my given name. It turned out he had played several gigs with my
fathers society band in 1930 or 1931.

He and Pee Wee Irwin were partners in a music school in northeast and I
remember him as a wonderful player and kind and gentle man with a wry
sense of humor.

Rick Knittel

On Mon, 20 Jun 2005 15:41:35 EDT LeslieMRag at aol.com writes:
> Just a note to say that big band trumpeter Chris Griffin died June 
> 18. David 
> French, a good friend of Griffin's and our new NY columnist (Joe 
> Klee died 
> April 30) will be writing a story on him for the August Mississippi 
> Rag. (The 
> July RAG is going to press tomorrow, so we've just mentioned his 
> death in that 
> issue.) In the meantime, David has a good interview with Griffin at 
> www.allaboutjazz.com.
> Leslie Johnson
> editor at mississippirag.com OR
> lesliemrag at aol.com
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