VOL. 18 NO. 18 -- SEPTEMBER 4, 2023

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Reflections/Jonathan Gramling

Jonathan Gramling

Good-bye Cousin Richard

It seems that we are in a generational change of seasons when community activists and leaders take their last bow on this earth and they meet their Creator. During the past 10 months, we have lost Jan Saiz, Agnes Cammer and Ada Deer just a few weeks ago. And now “Cousin” Richard Davis has joined them, having died last Thursday morning, September 7th. He was in his mid90s, although his aura always made him seem much younger than that.

Richard Davis was an internationally-renowned jazz bassist — who could play any kind of music written — who hailed from Chicago and moved to New York City in the 1950s to make his name in jazz, having played for Sarah Vaughn, Mary Lou Williams, Miles Davis and others.

Richard was lured away from the New York City scene by the UW-Madison School of Music.

In 2016, The Capital City Hues gave Cousin Richard a Hues Diversity Award at its 10th Anniversary Celebration. The following is what we said about him at that time. -- READ MORE