My Father, Kenneth Caldwell Blanchard, is in the hospital. We are hoping he will be out in the next few days, but it doesn't look good for the long term. Dad is a salt of the earth kind of fellow. Born on a farm, he went to war in the Pacific and got a pharmacy degree after the War. For both things, all of us owe him a lot. He was also a wonderful dad. Having raised two kids of my own to college age, I can only say I did it by monkey see, monkey do.
Well, in honor of Dad, here the best homage to a father in jazz that I know of:
If that isn't enough, I think all our old folks deserve honor, if only for the fact that we will be in their place if something unfortunate doesn't happen. So here is a Jackie McLean number to sing the song:
Jackie McLean/Old Folks/McLean's Scene