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       In Her Own Words

Pittsburgh Jazz Community laments the passing of guitarist Gerald "Shotgun" Haymon

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Gerald "Shotgun" Haymon was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on MArch 3, 1949.  He is the second-born cgild of the ;ate Mary Ellen and Morgan Haymon.  Gerald departed this life on Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Gerald was a custodian for over 20 years but his real passion was being a musician, a husband, father and a big brother.  Gerald was preceded in death by son Kevin richards.  Gerald came to love and appreciate God and the word of God and Its principles.  He will be missed by ll who knew him.

Gerald leaves to mourn sons Edward Wickner and Khalifa Haymon, brother Robert Haymon, supportive sisters Joeallen Flemng, Rose-Ann Gay, uncle Rev. Melvin Haymon and several neices and nephews.

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Pall Bearers: Eric Johnson, Ronnie Wingfield, Dwayne Dolphin, Mark Strickland and Roger Barbour

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Spriggs-Watson Funeral Home

720 N Lang Ave
Pittsburgh, PA
(412) 243-8080
Time: 4:00  - 8:00 pm
Funerals Services: 11:00 am from the same location

R.I.P. Shotgun. You will be missed. Your music will live on. Rest in the arms of the Lord.

I know his brother Bobby, and he was always looking up to Gerald.

So very soulful. God watch over him.

I loved playing with Shotgun. I loved his tone, his groove, the unique way he just hit those rhythms.... and his fingers just sounded like raindrops on grass.....I didn't get to play with him nearly as much as I wished I had... but we had some beautiful crazy gigs together.... We played a haunted hotel in Windber Pa once.... Ken Foley booked it, with Christiane D on poetry, and I think Dan Wasson and Butch Jones... and we rolled up to this crazy place, and people were reading poetry at each other til 5 am man and they loved that music, they just dug it... and then once we played at this film event at Pgh Filmmakers and they were showing like 40 different reels of found footage on the screen and we were the live musical accompaniment.... the weirdest though was a gig at Quiet Storm, and I had booked Shotgun, Tall Paul Leech and Paul Cosentino.... together we sounded like the Benny Hill band.... that was the oddest sounded group I ever did play with..... bluegrass bass, trad jazz clarinet and Shotgun just powering through.... I will miss him. I really will. But I know he'll make Heaven sound phenomenal....

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