We gather to celebrate the extraordinary life and music of saxophonist Hugh Brodie 1933-2017.
Storied jazz veteran, Hugh Abdullah Rashid Brodie, when asked to describe himself said, “I am a creator. I am a searcher.” Hugh devoted his entire life to jazz, developing his own sound, creating his own music and executing his own unique musical visions. He was taught and encouraged by the greats before him (to include his tenure with the famous Illinois Jacquet Big Band) and he in turn, passed on his collected knowledge to those who played with him on the bandstand, and those who sought him out at his home in Monticello, NY. He has numerous recordings to his credit, produced his own music, traveled the world, modeled and appeared in movies – featured in “Cotton Comes to Harlem” and “The Wiz” – throughout his life.
Brodie’s recordings – “Unforgettable Sax” and “Songs For Anu.” were influenced by his studies in astral projection and astrology applied music. This approach made “Unforgettable Sax” very popular in Europe. “Song’s For Anu,” is about going back to the beginning of time, exploring ancient earth travelers and their religions that are still around today.
In 2013, Hugh was awarded a “Certificate of Appreciation,” by the Jazz Foundation of America. It said in part, “Your artistry and recordings have reached to the spiritual and emotional core of the true jazz experience.”
His own peaceful beliefs revolved around “no hate” and the three most important things people can say to one another – “thank you, please, and sorry.”
Hugh loved his family, his friends and fellow musicians with a strong, infectious spirit. His influence and music will live on and on.
Hugh Brodie – by JOE DIMAGGIO/JOANNE KALISH
Memorial Celebration Concert Performers & Participants include:
Sonia Terri Gittens
Lillie Bryant Howard
Matoaka Little Eagle
Christopher Dean Sullivan