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(Losing) one gig is not going to hurt me. Two gigs is not going to hurt me. I'm older now. Thank God I get a check every month from Uncle Sam and from the musicians' union. I live alone. I can cook a pot of red beans and eat off of it for three days.
Last performed with the Original Tuxedo Jazz Band in the summer of 2011. He was afflicted with dementia and suffering from diabetes-related complications, he then moved into an assisted-living facility.