Guitarist Jeff Healy dies at age 41

We just said goodbye to drummer Buddy Miles, now we bid adieu to guitarist Jeff Healy.? The rock and jazz great died at age 41 after a battle with cancer Sunday night.

Healey died Sunday evening in a Toronto hospital surrounded by family and a bandmate, Colin Bray.

Bray, the bass player with Jeff Healey’s jazz Wizards and the frontman’s long-time friend, said he and many others expected the guitarist to rally from this latest illness.

Scriven called Healey inspirational and praised the boundless enthusiasm that allowed him to continue performing live only four weeks before his death.

“He drew his strength from somewhere, I don’t know where, but it spread among the band and flowed into the audience,” Scriven said.

Healey rose to stardom as the leader of the Jeff Healey Band, a rock-oriented trio that garnered a Juno award, international acclaim and platinum record sales with the 1988 album See the Light.

But Bray and Scriven said Healey’s true love was jazz, the genre that dominated his last three albums with the Jazz Wizards.

Healey’s guitar prowess was characterized by a unique playing-style that saw him lay the instrument across his lap.

It led him to share stages with such rock luminaries as George Harrison, Stevie Ray Vaughan and B.B. King, but Bray said jazz allowed him to exercise his other instrumental talents such as trumpet and drums.

Full obit can be found here. ? Can’t say I ever listened to his music, other than as a casual fan, but it seems like he will be missed.? Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

This does, however, give us a chance to mention Jeff’s awesome cameo in the Patrick Swayze movie Roadhouse.? One of the best music cameos ever.? You’d think there would be YouTubage, but unless someone can throw us a bone, I can’t find a thing.? Sad on both accounts.

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