February 11, 2014
Obituaries » JACK SHEEDY
SHEEDY, JACK, 91, of New York City, died on February 11 at Roosevelt Hospital, following a brief illness, surrounded by friends and family. Born in Seattle, Wash., Jack was a successful jazz musician, bandleader, trombonist and vocalist, playing with jazz luminaries Paul Desmond, Vince Cattolica, Norm Bates, and Ron Crotty. His own record label, Coronet/Koronet was the first to record Dave Brubeck. The Sheedy recordings are still issued to this day, and are considered to be Brubeck’s finest recorded performances. Jack was a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, and served in the Pacific during WWII. Jack received a BA from University of Washington and MA from Stanford University, going on to an academic career, teaching at Stanford University, San Francisco State College, and Goddard College in Vermont. He received a Fulbright Scholarship and was able to take his family to Italy for a year while teaching at the University of Rome. In the eighties Jack moved to New York City, focusing on composing both music and poetry, and continued to perform with Jack Sheedy’s Jazztime. He was also active as a playwright, poet and photographer. As recently as 1992 he received an ASCAP/Ira Gershwin Foundation award for his jazz setting of Ezra Pound short poems. In 1993 he suffered a stroke that left him disabled. He was, however, able to continue with his life’s work- writing and teaching- and to live independently. He is survived by his two children, daughter Maureen Miller and husband John of Montpelier; daughter Anne Gardner and husband Marty of Lincoln, Neb.; and two grandchildren. Survivors also include former wife Arabella Simon of Conques-sur-Orbiel, France; and 6 step-grandchildren and 8 step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife Betty Sheedy of Montpelier in 2003.