man, far out! every once in a while, the powers that be actually get it right. A great new avatar for you, too.
Hey, may as well give Mr. Donaldson a look-see. Beats a sharp stick in the eye, I always say. You never know. I saw James Brown in the twilight of his life just out of respect. I had no expectations other than seeing a nostalgia show, but I was taken aback by how powerfully he attacked his performance--and in a smaller market, too (Knoxville.) He was still worthy of his mantle "Mr. Dynamite."
Then again, I paid a bunch to see Link Wray in 02 and he was a buffoon who told rambling stories and played parts of a few songs. It was sad about the alzheimers or whatever, but that show sucked. So, you never know what you're gonna get. But I suppose it beat a sharp stick in the eye. My money is on a good show from Mr. Donaldson. I'm afraid I don't know Houston Person.
I was born too late to see most of the jazzers that I listen too, but Sonny, Jimmy Smith, and the MJQ were all fantastic shows. Of those within my generation, I've seen Medeski, Martin, and Wood a couple times (me and a roomful of Phish-tour types--oh well,) Squirrel Nut Zippers, and even though I don't generally cotton to free jazz, I went to see Ken Vandermark and his Five just on the strength that he'd won the MacArthur grant and was pretty blown away. Had to catch them again next tour.