An update from James Lincoln Collier:
The memorial for Sam this week is meant for musicians only, especially those who played with Sam. The venue is far too small to accomodate a lot of people. There will be a large memorial for Sam in February to which others will be invited.
A jazz memorial to honor and remember the reedman and raconteur Leroy “Sam” Parkins will be held on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 — starting 5:00 PM at the Greenwich Village Bistro (13 Carmine Street in Lower Manhattan) where he and singer Ronnie Washam had a regular gig. Among the musicians who will be there to play the jazz Sam loved will be trumpeter Peter Ecklund, trombonist James Lincoln Collier, painist / singer Peter Sokolow, and bassist David Winograd. The Bistro is a small place, so you might want to be there early to get a seat. Sam, unabashedly pleased when he was the center of a whirl, would be delighted to see the place full of people listening, talking, and enjoying themselves.
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