And a remembrance from Rob Dyer who met and played with Emily while in New Orleans.
chance passages held tightly in hand how could we know
candles brightly arranging our lives how could we know
the soft harmonies of the dirge how could we know
they say the good die young when she passed, I knew I would live forever
~ R. Dyer
Just a thank you for the recognition given to Emily here. We met and played a few times in New Orleans in '78 & '79, Hank Mackie was a local teacher (World of Strings) and I worked with his younger brother. As fate would have it, my mentor, Steve Smith was taking lessons from Hank and during a visit he recommended I come to an open jam at a little smoothie bar place.
I recall we covered Great Stream (Pat Martino) and I was petrified at Emily's calmness and skill...her gigs with Lil' Queenie (Leigh harris) were nothing compared to her jazz chops.
There I was on a small stage with Emily and her 330, Johnny Vidacovich on drums and maybe 6 people listening including Hank, it was one of my most cherished jams. I was blessed to have had a short meeting with her and so many who have, surely feel the same way.