We have talked about this on the forum before i.e. the lure of a regular salary as opposed to the hurly-burly of the market place and trying to find gigs when one has wife and family to provide for. It's a strong motivator and I have some musician friends who chose that path to follow. The downside is they fall below the horizon in most cases as far as the jazz pantheon and jazz public are concerned.
In Louis' case, it seems particularly unfortunate for he was a major talent, there isn't a shadow of a date about that.
Out of interest, are you a Detroit resident? I hope to make it to the jazzfest this year.
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