The Coolest Man I Know

15 Mar

Gil Askey

I’ve met a lot of people who think that they’re they coolest guy on Earth. They’re all wrong. Gil Askey is, without even trying, the coolest person I have ever met and may ever meet in my lifetime. Here’s a short list of the reasons why.

  • He was a member of the original Motown group.
  • He’s a fantastic trumpet player, and he got advice from Louis Armstrong.
  • Gil played with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.
  • As well as a great trumpeter, he was also in high demand as a conductor, arranger and composer for some of the greatest R&B outfits of the 1960’s.
  • He was nominated for an Oscar for Best Music, Scoring Original Song Score and/or Adaptation for his work on the Billie Holiday biopic Lady Sings the Blues (he lost to Cabaret)
  • Since moving to Australia in the early 80’s he’s done years worth of work for school groups and charities in teaching music.
  • He gave my family an old  Tennessee cookbook with a top-notch recipe for Gumbo, as well as many other fine dishes.
  • The man knows his shit, and he got me into the greatness that is Wynonie Harris
  • At 83 years of age, he still goes out and plays a damn good trumpet.

“My contribution to life is to make people happy….anyone can sit down in front of the TV, drink beer, smoke and die. That’s not what I wanted to do. -Gil”

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3 Responses to “The Coolest Man I Know”

  1. Rock The Boat March 15, 2010 at 8:50 am #

    Major coolness!

  2. mit April 1, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    wow. i think he might top my howards cairns crush! spoke to howard the other day after his partner lost a cheque he was supposed to post to us.. it took everything i had to not suggest getting rid of her. *le sigh*

    *disclaimer. not actually physically attracted to these old me. i swear.

  3. mit April 1, 2010 at 4:32 am #

    i mean men. how awkward.

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