For the Grand Prize: April Is . . . ?
"All of us know this, of course. On some level, we all know that life is fragile and short. The impact of the sudden and unexpected loss of a friend of the caliber of Vern McCarthy, however, brings it back into focus, down from the brain and mainlined straight to the heart, where it belongs. I think everyone who knew Vern would agree that he's somewhere in heaven, seated in the back of whatever Jazz club God has booked the Kenton band into, smiling broadly and once again digging his favorite music, played by his favorite band. And no doubt he's hanging out with Stan during the breaks. Thanks, Vern. We'll sure miss you."Jim Peterson
And that's it for now. Until next time, keep swingin'!
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