To Louis with love
Jazz del Corazon honors local jazz great Louis McMullin Sunday
By Carl Kozlowski 05/02/2014
One of Pasadena’s most beloved musicians will receive a fitting tribute to a life well lived on Sunday when more than 30 prominent area jazz singers and musicians gather at Stoney Point restaurant for the “Jazz Brunch to Lunch” fundraiser in honor of Louis McMullin.
Event organizers are seeking to raise money to cover both McMullin’s final expenses and provide caretaking funds to the new owners of his beloved pets, and will feature two separate shows at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
McMullin, who died on March 30 at age 73, played piano at numerous area venues and churches, but his twice-weekly shows at the longtime dining institution gave countless singers an opportunity to test their latest songs alongside his accompaniment. While he spent his last 50 years as a Pasadena resident, he was a native of Nova Scotia, Canada, where he started playing piano as a young boy.
A lab technician by profession, McMullin earned a masters degree in music from UCLA and went on to have many piano and voice students of his own. According to his longtime friend Jackie Gibson, a singer who is co-producing the event with Clifford Bell as part of the Jazz del Corazon series of fundraisers for musicians with extensive bills caused by medical issues, this is the perfect way to honor his memory.
“He really thought of his pets as his babies, and the money raised will help his spirit live on by providing money to their new owners for their care,” says Gibson. “Louie was a wonderful teacher and inspiration to us all, and had a great dry sense of humor, plus many followers in the cabaret world from here to Canada. He’ll really be missed, and is already.”
Jazz del Corazon presents the “From Brunch to Lunch” tribute to Louis McMullin with two shows, the first from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the second from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday at Stoney Point Bar & Grill, 1460 W. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena. Suggested donation is $20. Call (626) 449-9715 for tickets and (323) 456-2299 for information.