I just recieved word of the transition of Pittsburgh saxophonist Kenny 'Fish' Fisher. I have known fish for over thirty years, meeting him as a child taking lessons at the Homewood-Brushton Jazz Workshop. I later studied with him as he gave improvisation lessons at the Homewood Carnegie Library.
Fish was an excellent player, respected and liked by everyone. As a young man he got to practice with John Coltrane while he was in Pittsburgh on a date at the Crawford Grill. He was also a contemporary of one of my heroes, the great Billy Harper.
Fish would often come out to support me when I played in Pittsburgh. I was home last weekend, and I learned he was in ICU. He was a large part of the Pittsburgh Jazz legacy and will be truly missed.