Music was part of the joy of life, part of his existence and a true way of expressing himself. Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey died today (March 2) in Toronto after battling cancer. By organizing the Memorial Concert ‘Jeff Healey, A Celebration”, this would allow just such an opportunity. He also loved reading, as he was a great advocate for literacy and could probably read Braille faster than most sighted people could read regular printed books. Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. Jeff’s website needed a fresh start to reconnect with his fans. He collected as many as 30,000 old-time jazz records, mainly those on 78 r.p.m., which he played as the host of an hour-long radio show on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. King. We wanted to give Jeff a “proper sendoff”. Roger: Again, it is difficult, but in the late 80’s, early 90’s, because we’d heard the Van Halen version in a club one night, we somehow got in the habit of ending our nights out (gigs, whatever – and usually when our friend Steve Ashton was around) with a rousing chorus of the song “Happy Trails”! Please check your browser settings or contact your system administrator. [20], Healey married Krista Miller in 1992; they had a daughter and were divorced in 1998. 278 (from The ARIA Report Issue No. Healey began playing guitar when he was three, developing his unique style of playing the instrument flat on his lap. Where did you get that idea? "Believe in yourself and pursue your goals with passion and determination.". Later he went national on CBC Radio's program entitled My Kind of Jazz, in which he played records from his vast vintage jazz collection. Not only were he and Jeff close friends for over 21 years, he is also a fan. In 2009, Healey was inducted into the Terry Fox Hall of Fame. It was our default mode. One CD is a collection of Healey singles, while the other CD is a collection of unreleased live material. In 1990, a reader poll in Guitar Player magazine named Mr. Healey the best blues guitarist and best new talent. You had pretty interesting projects from the memorial concerts to the naming of Jeff Healey Park and Jeff’s site. Why did you think that Jeff Healey’s music continues to generate such a devoted following? I was only one of many people who worked tirelessly over a six week period following Jeff’s passing to bring these shows together. The first night was a Rock show and the second was Jazz to reflect his two great loves. It's how you put the pieces together that's important. Mr. Healey also played the trumpet and clarinet in his own traditional jazz band, the Jazz Wizards. Healey began hosting a jazz and blues show on radio station CIUT-FM where he became known for playing from his massive collection of vintage 78 rpm gramophone records.[3]. When I suggested the park Jeff played in as a child, we thought it would be a fitting way for the community to remember him. (C) 1989 Arista Records, LLC What MOTTO of Jeff Healey you would like to stay forever? Peace of Mind was making a difference in people’s lives and knowing his family and friends were okay. As the group’s popularity grew, so did their concert venues. Collection issued in Germany and imported via MSI Music Distribution, based in Florida. King. …and for him, there were none. On Friday 22nd February, inakustik will release a compilation of three rare and previously unreleased German concerts from the Canadian blues rock guitarist. Entitled "Jeff Healey - As The Years Go Passing By: Live in Germany 1989 - 1995 - 2000". I was an instant fan, and we became good friends very soon after. The trio gave as many as 300 concerts a year for about two years before signing with Arista Records in 1988. When he first met and played with Stevie Ray Vaughan in 1985 was probably one of the most influential in terms of giving his career a boost, but I know that one of his favorite people on earth to perform with was always B.B. A single from that album, “Angel Eyes,” was the Jeff Healey Band’s only Top 40 hit, reaching No. This band played various local clubs in Toronto, including the Colonial Tavern. Report an Issue  |  If was between us, what do you think he would tell us? He and the saxophone player, Christopher Plock, were known for dancing around when the clarinet player was taking a solo. What music listened for his pleasure? He was 41 years old. In September 2016, Jeff Healey was inducted into the Mississauga Music Walk of Fame. The latter includes an extensive booklet featuring contributions from the participating musicians, plus rare photos. Mr. Healey is survived by his wife, Cristie; his daughter, Rachel; and his son, Derek. Peace on Mind was home. [4] It featuring the hit single "Angel Eyes" and the song "Hideaway", which was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. [14] The 15 track Holding On album contains ten live tracks recorded in 1999 at the Rockefeller Music Hall in Norway and five studio tracks. He married Cristie Hall in 2003 and had a son with her. [9], In 2014 Healey was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame. Where did you get that idea? You had pretty interesting project Jeff Healey: A Celebration. Cristie: Jeff was never one with nothing to do. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in September 1989. Entitled "Jeff Healey - As The Years Go Passing By: Live in Germany 1989 - 1995 - 2000". In the previous 18 months, he had two sarcomas removed from his legs. I went back every single night that week to watch him play. Cristie: Jeff loved 20’s and 30’s Traditional Jazz. The idea was to bring as many of Jeff’s friends and colleagues together to celebrate his life and music and to give his fans a chance to pay their respects and celebrate with us. Subtitled "The Thursday Night Recordings". While the band was recording See the Light, they were also filming (and recording for the soundtrack of) the Patrick Swayze film Road House. Jon Pareles, writing in The New York Times in 1989, described the band’s music as “showy, arena-style blues rock,” although he praised Mr. Healey’s technique. "—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released. Entitled "Jeff Healey - As The Years Go Passing By: Live in Germany 1989 - 1995 - 2000". Jazz was his heart. Roger: No limits. Though Jeff listened to and enjoyed many kinds of music, his all-time favorite was traditional jazz of the 1920’s and 30’s. Though he had lent his name to the club and often played there, Jeff Healey did not own or manage the bar. Which incident of his life you‘d like to be captured and illustrated in a painting? Though known primarily as a guitarist, Healey also played trumpet during live performances. This site and all it represents has been a true labour of love for her. The club moved to a bigger location at 56 Blue Jays Way and was rechristened "Jeff Healey's Roadhouse." At the time, MSI Music Distribution was one of the largest importers of recorded music in the United States. I went with him to a local club where Jeff was playing all week. Over the years, Healey toured and sat in with many well-known performers, including The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Buddy Guy, BB King, ZZ Top, Steve Lukather, Eric Clapton and many more. Norman Jeffrey Healey (March 25, 1966 – March 2, 2008) was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s. He studied music theory on his own. Radio was a connection to the world, both past and present. Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey passed away on March 2nd, 2008 from cancer. He hit Number 5 on the U.S. He was adopted as an infant;[1] his adoptive father was a firefighter. Jazz was…. Cristie: Thank you for listening and live life to the fullest! Mr. Healey’s greatest success came in the late 1980s, when his band recorded the album “See the Light.” It reached platinum status in the United States by selling more than one million copies and eventually two million worldwide. Jeff was raised by loving parents to believe that there were no limits to what he could accomplish. He was also Jeff’s best man. Jeff Healey, a Canadian guitarist, singer and songwriter whose band sold millions of blues-rock records and who also pursued a passion for old-time jazz, playing the trumpet and clarinet, died on Sunday in Toronto. (3CD/2DVD deluxe ed. The band also had speaking parts. Cristie: Live life to the fullest with determination and never allow people to convince you that you are not capable. They had never done anything like that before and never did anything like it since. In January 2007, Guitar Player said, “Jeff Healey may be the only cat around who can play the prewar jazz of Louis Armstrong on the trumpet, and the heavy electric blues-rock of ZZ Top on the guitar.”, Jeff Healey, Guitarist and Singer, Dies at 41. When he was 15, Jeff Healey formed the band Blue Direction, a four-piece band which primarily played bar-band cover tunes. Billboard Hot 100 chart with "Angel Eyes" and reached the Top 10 in Canada with the songs "I Think I Love You Too Much" and "How Long Can a Man Be Strong". When Jeff solos he’s allowing a piece of himself to shine through…. Well, that night they extended their dancing into an impromptu type of tap solo of sorts. (The name came from the 1989 film, Road House, in which Healey appeared.) In 2001 he opened the first of two nightclubs that would bear his name in his home town of Toronto. The DVD contains "rare footage, interviews, intimate behind the scenes moments, and unseen live performances...(including) collaborations and jams with, Three video clips and live performances of 10 songs taped April 14, 1989 in London, England. Music was everything   Blues was a facet of Jazz. TIFF Slate Features Films About Lack of Female DJs, Greta Thunberg, COVID-19 and Indigenous Peoples . [18][21], "Jeff Healy" redirects here. He loved to laugh and the humor in life. When he was almost one year old, Healey lost his sight to retinoblastoma, a rare cancer of the eyes. He went on to release three CDs of music of traditional American jazz from the 1920s and 1930s. Facebook, © 2020   Created by Michael Limnios Blues Network. The latter includes an extensive booklet featuring contributions from the participating musicians, plus rare photos. Which memory from Jeff makes you smile? He has played with many musicians. See, Contains two CDs and one DVD. By 2002, Mr. Healey had opened a music club named after himself in Toronto; he later closed it to open a larger one. Share !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0];if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src="//";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs"); [12] Both records were compiled from unreleased recordings by Roger Costa. He was 41. The medical community had not advanced to the point that his eyes could be saved. You had pretty interesting projects from the memorial concerts to the naming of Jeff Healey Park and Jeff’s site. His warmth, humor and the calming affect of the rich tone of his voice when he spoke. Week Commencing: 12 July 2004 – Issue No. Roger was one of the producers of ‘Jeff Healey: A Celebration’ (the pair of memorial concerts held following Jeff’s passing) and acts as Archivist and Co-Administrator for Jeff’s Estate.

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