I don’t have a picture of Steve and I only knew him a short time while I was in transit. Even so, I feel so lucky to have been able to create a collaboration with him. Here are quotes that were posted online in his announcement of passing. I don’t think the family will mind my sharing them here. The song speaks for him too in the sheer loveliness of its melody and chords. I am grateful we have it.
His funeral notice read “Devoted composer, arranger, player and teacher – a master musician – and a beautiful person.” Here are some of the posted memories: “Steve helped me with all aspects of music. He was the absolute best and will be remembered by all the musicians he came in contact with. I was blessed to have Steve as a friend and teacher.” Uncle” Dave Jeffrey. “Besides being my best friend, Steve Solomon was my biggest musical influence. Everything I know about jazz I learned from Steve. Steve was a true musical genius. He will never be forgotten.” Rusty Terry. “To one of the kindest, most gentle souls ever to enter my life, your inspiration went far beyond music. You made a difference in so many lives, we will miss you.” Howard Wooten.