for Suyun

It’s been a sad week for all in the jazz community, and I would be remiss not to make some small mention of the tragedy in Connecticut last week. My heart goes out to the families who are still trying to make sense of what happened, to those who lost children and friends, to the community trying to put itself back together.

However, it was later last weekend that I found out a bad week had gotten worse, with the passing of a dear friend. Suyun Kim had been a mentor to me, and while I may not have been as close with him as some, I was lucky enough to play in big bands with him at school for two years & learned so much in the process. He made me feel welcome, like a part of the community, and managed to be there for me in times where I really needed support. And, he happened to be a fantastic saxophonist as well as a great friend.

Mostly, I am so grateful for the time I got to spend with Suyun.

I can’t help but think of his wife & family, and send my deepest condolences to all of them in this time of need. You will be – no, you are – sorely missed, Suyun. Rest in peace, uncle.

-c

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~ by crymmusic on December 19, 2012.

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