photo by Scott Troyan

Very sad to hear of the sudden passing of Jaimie Branch yesterday. She was an engaging bandleader and improviser. She played a magical solo set on the double decker in 2019 and it was an honor to open for her on the bus that evening.

She was delightfully goofy during our few times together, and she could be very playful in her music. But she also made sounds that acknowledged the f’d up nature of the world today. In particular I’ll always remember how PERFECTLY her set with FlyOrDie hit in 2016 at Boot and Saddle soon after THAT guy got elected. Her and the band gave me exactly the music I needed that night.

She will be greatly missed, though we are very lucky to have so many wonderful recordings of her music that will live on.

Fly on, breezy!