Bob Bodley 1950-2006

James Brown wasn’t the only musical great to pass away on Christmas Day. Beloved, go-to Jazz bassist Bob Bodley — the “house bassist” at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club who had toured the world and played with some of Jazz’s greatest players, local or otherwise — died Dec. 25 after a long illness. According to the Blue Wisp’s Web site, Mr. Bodley’s wife has requested that donations be made in Bob’s name to the Jazz Scholarship Fund at CCM, in lieu of sending flowers. The site says a musical tribute to Bodley is also planned for some time in the next few months.

For a great representation of Bob’s specialness as a musician, check Katie Laur’s 2001 column for CityBeat, “Yes, Bob, We Dig.” She’s updated it in this week’s issue of CityBeat.

— Mike Breen

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