Esteemed NYC jazz musician Giuseppi Logan dies of coronavirus: report
New York Daily News |
Apr 18, 2020 | 4:23 PM
Giuseppi Logan died at the Lawrence Care Center nursing home in Far Rockaway, Queens, longtime friend and fellow performer Matt Lavelle told the jazz radio station WBGO.(Youtube.com)
Giuseppi Logan, an avant-garde musician who played with some of the greatest jazz firebrands in the 1960s died Friday of coronavirus, according to a report.
Logan died at the Lawrence Care Center nursing home in Far Rockaway, Queens, longtime friend and fellow performer Matt Lavelle told the jazz radio station WBGO.
The self-taught saxophonist, flutist and pianist became a fixture in New York’s free jazz scene in the 1960s and recorded and performed with a number of jazz heavyweights before addiction and mental illness forced him to stop performing for more than four decades.
For years, he oscillated between being institutionalized to sleeping on New York subways until he returned to New York’s jazz scene in 2009, with Lavelle’s help, and performed his first gig at the Bowery Poetry Club.
He later recorded an album “The Giuseppi Logan Quintet” featuring François Grillot on bass, Warren Smith on drums and distinguished composer Dave Burrell on piano.
“The main thing for me, to be honest, was just to make Giuseppi feel good and to give him some money and some CDs to sell in the park,” Josh Rosenthal, owner of Tompkins Square Records told WBGO. “He made his first record in 45 years, and that was enough. But the record was surprisingly well received.”
Lavelle said that Logan was the “ultimate example” of humanity in music.
“His music was all about really how he felt, who he was, and how vulnerable he was,” Lavelle said. "Giuseppi was one of those guys who was almost consumed by how much he wanted to get inside of the music. Everything else in his life was connected to this prime directive that he had.”
Logan is survived by two sons, Jaee, a pianist and producer, and Joe.
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Born and bred in Brooklyn, crime reporter Thomas Tracy has been covering the NYPD for more than a decade. He joined the Daily News in January 2013.
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