And even better, he was an arranger for Count Basie. I had the chance to see the orchestra in the 1970's with Basie in a wheelchair. I sure he wasn't with Basie but he must have been a great arranger to wotk with such a fantastic Jazz Orchestra.
Yeah, they did say that this year was going to be the last one. It's just that they have been saying that about the last 3 seasons or so, so if there are those who are a little skeptical about it being gone, that's no big surprise to me.