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December 18, 2011 | Remembering Gary Palsmeier

Palsmeier.jpgIt's been almost a year last December since the passing of Wichita acoustic jazz multi-instrumentalist Gary Palsmeier. The musician was not only a sought after talent in the central US plains, but a gifted craftsman, as well, including a sensational signature 5-string acoustic mandolin. We regret not getting around to commissioning him for one of these singular beauties. Some day we hope to be able to do a write up on one.

We did a story on Gary back in July of 2010, including some great pictures of his workshop. JazzMando guest contributor Mark Wilson, who owns one of these treasures sent us a terrific MP3 the luthier arranged and recorded on his own 5-string. We'd be curious to hear from others blessed with one of his instruments. Feel free to connect with us through our contact form.

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Great stuff.

Gary, we miss you, but your art and memory lives on.

Read Wichita Eagle tribute.

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Gary with jazz mentor Don Stiernberg.

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Posted by Ted at December 18, 2011 5:16 AM

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