Sunday, July 8, 2012

Guiseppe Logan [Tompkins Square Park] (July 7, 2012)

"Weekend Wildcard:  Tompkins Square Park Edition" 
A few years ago, I met influential jazz musician Guiseppe Logan, blowing his saxophone in the park, in the dead of winter. He was famous in the 1960s avant garde jazz scene in NYC before disappearing for 30 years. His peers and fans wondered if he was homeless, locked up, or dead. The details are still murky, but it seems that he spent most of those lost decades institutionalized, due to drug abuse and other demons. A few years ago, out of the blue, he resurfaced in and around the park, blowing his horn, some days better than others. Check out this amazing New York Times articleAnyway, I ran into him recently. After chatting a bit, I took this photo of the 76-year-old jazz mystery man. Google him to hear his music.                              CLICK TO ENLARGE

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

NYC is peppered with storied characters just below its underbelly. Love 'em.