AFRO-AMERICAN MUSIC INSTITUTE CELEBRATES 31 YEARS
Losing people we love and cherish in our lives is never easy. Having to say farewell, dear friend for now, seems hard enough, but when it's unexpected, when it happens suddenly, we are shocked beyond belief. Hearing the words, "Luther is gone, he passed away tonight", was more then I could comprehend. It sounded so surreal, but it was true. My heart was broken and I was speechless.
How many hours had he and I talked about life and music over the years? He relished in making you laugh out loud. Some of the things that made him laugh always amazed me. He touched so many of us here in the music/jazz scene here in Pittsburgh and around the world. He was nothing less than magnificent when he played his guitar. Always soft spoken, generous to a fault, kind and always willing to listen to you and share in the conversation with his wisdom without criticizing.
There will only be one Luther DeJarunett and those of us who knew him, who had the opportunity to work and make music with this gentle giant of and man and musician, can feel very privileged to have done so. We were blessed to have known him during for his short life. I admired this wonderful friend of mine for many years, for his undying devotion to the music he made and created and for the kindness he always showed me. We had a mutual admiration for each other and the struggles and joys of life we both had experienced in our personla lives. He was a real humanitarian and loved everyone. He will be missed sorely, but will always be remembered in our hearts forever.
Rest in Peace dear Luther.