Saturday, May 17, 2008
RIP Walt Dickerson
The great vibraphonist Walt Dickerson has passed away, according to the following message circulated by drummer Andrew Cyrille, an important collaborator of Dickerson's:
"To all concerned:
I was asked to inform you of the regrettable death of vibraphonist,
Walt Dickerson, by his beloved wife, Elizabeth. Walt passed away on May 15
from cardiac arrest. He was 80 years of age and lived in Willow Grove, PA.
As some readers might remember, I've been fascinated with Dickerson's music for some time, and I was lucky enough to to spend an amazing afternoon with him back in '03. Here you can find the full transcript of our conversation:
Walt Dickerson interview - 6/29/03
My JazzTimes piece that resulted from this interview can be read here.
Strangely, just last night I came across a download of Dickerson's Tell Us Only the Beautiful Things LP. This was the only Walt album I was unable to track down back when I was researching the story; can't wait to dig into it.
It's very, very sad that Dickerson never emerged from his silence to record again. When I spoke with him, he told me he was still playing every day...