It is with a sad heart that I received the news of my dear friend and co-writer, Jimmy Millers' passing in San Francisco on January 19, 2017.
Jim and I grew up in Chicago listening to Jazz. We did not meet and start writing music 'til late in life and had worked together for 32 years. Being self-taught with no real musical training, this was indeed a challenge. We signed contacts with a music publisher from Philadelphia in 1993 for three of our songs, but the company decided to change formats and Jazz was dropped to the wayside.
Some name vocalists have shown interest in several of our songs, but something always seemed to get in the way and you can't live on maybes! Jimmy is gone, but I can't stop the pursuit and will continue the dream.
Jimmy Scalise (Cy Green)
"Clifford's Chant" (Composed by 2 non-performers)
D minor AABA
Think of ALL the songs he never got to do!
This trumpet phenom was killed in a car crash June 26, 1956.
But he'll always be in our heart!
"CLIFFORD'S CHANT" by Cy Green & Jimmy Miller
Way back long ago lived a young man with a heart of gold
who really did blow his sweet horn like no one had done
Now the man could fly His gorgeous horn could
shake the sky, And he could touch the heavens above
with his beauty and his love.
Tell me why do the great ones just die -
gimme a good reason, they got too much 'ta say
And when I get to groovin, I need somethin really movin -
that takes a hold of my heart always
So I step on back to those beautiful days with 'Max,
and what I hear is that sound -
from the man called CLIFFORD BROWN.
( To SOLOS)
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Jimmy Scalise aka Cy Green
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