Readers of LondonJazz have been writing in asking us to draw attention to a campaign to re-name Woodford Park in Etobicoke, Toronto after the guitarist/ jazz and bluesman Jeff Healey (1966-2008).
The original request reads:
The City of Toronto is proposing renaming a park in Etobicoke after our very good friend, the late Jeff Healey. Jeff grew up in Etobicoke in Toronto. They need emails/letters of support to help make this happen. Just a few words saying you agree would be a great help in making this proposal come to fruition. Your help is very much appreciated.
Letters of support or objection should be
mailed, faxed or emailed to:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
Etobicoke Civic Centre
399 The West Mall
Responses should be received by March 1, 2011.
Adam Sieff writes:
Jeff Healey was a blind white blues guitarist and singer who died just 41 years old on March 2nd 2008. He had a remarkable playing stye, sitting down with the guitar flat on his lap, chording and soloing almost like a pianist. Healey was a truly great instrumentalist of whom BB King once said “ Your execution is the best I have ever seen, stick with it and you will be bigger than Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stanley Jordan, and B. B. King”.
For any more details contact: bjgardner (at) sympatico (dot) ca
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