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September 4, 1937 - July 14, 2010
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At 12:37am on September 17, 2010, WaltSimsJr said…
Love you forever Gene!
At 3:40am on July 19, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I remember Gene in the old Rose Bar on Frankstown, being schooled by Wendell Byrd!
Do you????
Fred Logan
At 10:50pm on July 18, 2010, Annie Cosmides said…
What a wonderful man Gene Ludwig was. All embracing I feel describes him best. He was very kind and loving. He made everyone feel welcomed and a part of every musical experience with him. That's not to mention he kicked some serious a** on the Hammond B3. I will miss him dearly and will certainly never forget him. My deepest sympathy to his family. Love you Gene!
Annie
At 10:12pm on July 18, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

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At 8:34pm on July 18, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I first met Gene when he moved to Homewood from Swissvale in 1956 where Wendell Byrd was the reigning king of the Hammond B-3 organ. Gene was already an accomplished pianist at the time. Gene and Wendell became fast friends and it wasn't long before Gene got the hang of the B-3 and his passion was rewarded as he was recognized by a gig at the Huirricane Lounge where he had seen Jimmy Smith in 1956 and decided to become an organist. Gene and I have played dozens of gigs over the past 50 years and have had more fun making music than you could imagine. He was always pleasant and passionate about the music, never compromising his musical integrity for popularity. He will be missed but will never be absent in our hearts and minds as his music will continue to inspire and comfort us all. He's jammin' now with the other Angels without having to lift that organ. Until we meet again, R.I.P Gelu.
At 2:53pm on July 18, 2010, Ken Lamison said…
Thank you, Gene, for your encouragement, inspiration and grace. I'll always treasure the time we shared onstage.
At 5:18am on July 18, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

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At 4:13pm on July 17, 2010, timm coxx said…
I too had the pleasure of jamming with Gene, back in the 1980s. As a young drummer, Gene was quick to offer a piece of his well-defined knowledge onto the crew of upcoming cats just entering the competitive Pittsburgh jazz industry. A Good Guy is Gone. My condolences are extended to his family, and many blessings to Gene Ludwig. May he forever Rest In Peace in the big jam session in the Sky. yours truly TIMM COXX, PlayBack "The Band" - Augusta, Georgia.
At 3:39pm on July 17, 2010, Roberta Jean Windle said…
Your spirit will always live on whenever I listen to Jazz. We've never met, but I had the divine pleasure of enjoying your wonderful music. May your family &friends find the strength to continue there life with memories of a legend.
Roberta
At 6:32am on July 17, 2010, Ken Karsh said…
To my dear friend and colleague Gene Ludwig. I am honored to have been a part of your musical ride. I am honored to have been included in your friendship. I deeply grieve your loss. I will always be grateful to you for the many wonderful musical and spiritual times together. Goodbye and go in peace (but keep swinging as I know you always will). Love Always from Ken
At 11:45pm on July 16, 2010, The Phoenix Jazz Project said…
Pittsburgh lost a jazz giant. You will surely be missed, but will be remembered always.

Tom and Jessie The Phoenix Jazz Project
At 6:35pm on July 16, 2010, Barbara Blue said…
Adios Amigo.... Mentor, musical genius & outstanding human being.... I'll look forward to jams on the other side..... My love and prayers go out to your lovely wife Pattye, family, all of your friends and musical family. Rest in peace..... BB
At 3:37pm on July 16, 2010, Dr. Martin E. Rosenberg said…
Goodbye Gene. Thanks for the genius and generosity........mer
At 3:31pm on July 16, 2010, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
The visitation services for Gene Ludwig will be held at Jobe Funeral Home at the corner of Beatty Rd and Rt48 in Monroeville on Monday July 19 from 7-9PM and Tuesday July 20 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. Musicians are welcome to bring their instrument to play tribute to Gene.

There will also be a musical tribute jam and luncheon on Wednesday July 21 from 11-1PM with lunch following from 1-2PM at Palmieri's Restaurant at 951 Old Frankstown Rd in Plum, just a few miles from the funeral home. This will be a musical jam so musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in.

This is a map maker for directions to the funeral home: http://www.jobefuneralhome.com/directions-monroeville.php
At 5:59am on July 16, 2010, Dave Cremonese said…
Jazz lost a giant...and we've all lost a friend.
At 4:59am on July 16, 2010, Gene Ludwig said…
Hello friends, thank you so much for the wonderful sentiments about my most cherished husband Gene. I am still in shock but am making some nice arrangements for him so that we all may gather and be strong and give thanks together, for knowing Gene. Here is the information. Pattye Ludwig

The visitation services for Gene Ludwig will be held at Jobe Funeral Home at the corner of Beatty Rd and Rt48 in Monroeville on Monday July 19 from 7-9PM and Tuesday July 20 from 2-4PM and 7-9PM. Musicians are welcome to bring their instrument to play tribute to Gene.

There will also be a musical tribute jam and luncheon on Wednesday July 21 from 11-1PM with lunch following from 1-2PM at Palmieri's Restaurant at 951 Old Frankstown Rd in Plum, just a few miles from the funeral home. This will be a musical jam so musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in.

This is a map maker for directions to the funeral home: http://www.jobefuneralhome.com/directions-monroeville.php
 
 
 

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