Many thoughtful and heartfelt comments have poured in concerning the death of Texas tenor Marchel Ivery on Tuesday. Among those who've posted is Earl Harvin, who actually introduced me to Ivery and James Clay many, many years ago. Writes Earl, who now lives in Berlin:
I'm very saddened to hear about our loss of a truly great man and musician. The first time that i played with Marchel, i remember feeling like a hollow plastic imitation of a "jazz musician", that this man was indeed "the REAL DEAL". But what was always so beautiful about him is that he never as a PERSON made one feel that way. He was incredibly humble and very supportive of particularly the younger musicians around him. One learned from Marchel not only from the incredibly deep wisdom in his playing, but also from the way that he conducted himself and his presence. I think that it is safe to say that that presence will be greatly missed by all.
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Funeral arrangement also have been announced: Ivery will be buried Monday at 11 a.m. at Golden Gate Funeral Home and Chapel. A wake will be held on Sunday, from 6 to 7 p.m., also at the funeral home on South R.L. Thornton Freeway. --Robert Wilonsky