Friday, January 15, 2010

God Takes Another Blues Singer

Sandra Wright dead at 61. Her presence was as powerful as her voice was magnificent.


The Queen is dead. These are all the details available at the present time.

Sandra Wright, 1948-2010
Posted by dan bolles on Tuesday, January 12, 2010 at 11:43 AM in Vermont Music Permalink

According to a Twitter post by August First this morning and confirmed via a phone conversation with local vocalist Linda Bassick, local blues singer Sandra Wright passed away last night at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after suffering a pulmonary embolism. Wright was 61.

According to Bassick, whose husband, Dave Nerbak, is the guitarist in the Sandra Wright Band, the Memphis-born singer had long battled diabetes. In September of last year, Wright underwent double knee surgery and suffered an infection following the procedure. Bassick could not confirm that the embolism and infection were related.

Since moving to Vermont in 1992, Wright had been a fixture in the local jazz and blues scene. She was known for outsized vocal chops an ebullient stage persona to match. The singer had performed as recently as New Year's Eve.

An upcoming funeral service will be private. But Bassick says that a public celebration of the singer's life will take place this spring.

Thoughts and prayers go out to Wright's family and friends.
I received the above notice from Brother (Big Bongo) John [AKA: Professor Kozmos] along with his note:

"I'm going to miss this lady. Her show at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction in the early nineties was Enormo Productions second live music production. Chris and I had to take turns spending most of the night sitting on a little stool(!) next to the hotel owner to watch the ticket flow because we couldn't trust him (I think we still ended up losing around $300 but the crowd loved her). Bailey was absolutely amazed by her multi-inch length finger nails. She was a nice person."

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