Mr. Walter Blount became an ancestor on Friday. He intersected in myriad points of my travels: He – like me – was a proud Howard University Bison, with my friend, Tom Terrell. He was also friends with several other friends of mine including, Michael Gonzales, Greg Tate, Yusef Jones, and Don Palmer. He was also the proud father of the uber-talented journalist/author/ educator Ericka Blount Danois, and her equally fabulous sister, artist, Elissa Blount Moorhead.
I remember him as a very knowledgeable customer who knew his jazz and blues, when I worked at Olson’s Record Store at 19th & L in D.C. in the 80’s. My memory of him is further augmented by the fact that he bore a passing resemblance to the record store’s jazz buyer, Bill Brower, one of my most significant mentors. I saw Mr. Blount many decades later at Don Palmer’s BBQ in Baltimore. He still had that laid-back layer of cool that contained a deep reservoir of knowledge, intelligence and humanity that he passed on to his daughters.
I dedicate Miles Davis’ “Star People,” to him. Rest in Peace, Sir!