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•   Jacqueline Harris (Sylvester)  8/29
•   Norman Sylvester  7/23
•   Lauren Keiser  7/4
•   Phyllis Salvadore  4/15
•   Terry Cosentini (Molander)  4/4
•   Edward Lund  2/8
•   Patricia Phelan (Phelan Patricia)  2/8
•   Michael Potter  10/17
•   Paul Green  9/29
•   Robert Smith (Jeanice Smith)  8/11
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•   Robert Spencer  12/26
•   Sally Olsen (Lowe)  1/6

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Welcome to the Jefferson Class Of 1963 web site.

It is free and totally interactive. 

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Bob Smith sent this article to me to post:

Because music has the power to heal’ 

The motivation for what took place in a Northeast Portland parking lot last week goes back to a sharecropping community in rural Louisiana, where Norman Sylvester’s grandmother passed on words of wisdom.

An award-winning guitarist, Sylvester is the leader of a popular blues band bearing his name that plays across the area. As he has done each July for the past six years, Sylvester brought his group to play an outdoor concert for 75 residents at an assisted living center.

There would be no dancing, no using a break between songs to chat up someone with an offer to buy a drink. The people in this audience couldn’t move like they used to. Some slowly pushed walkers, some arrived in wheelchairs. They were there to listen and remember.

Sylvester greeted each arrival with a smile and a nod. He rarely got a response. But it didn’t matter. He wasn’t looking for applause.

“At my age, I’m only one appointment away from a doctor saying something I don’t want to hear,” said Sylvester, 72. “I look out there and know that will be me one day. When it comes, I hope someone brings music to me because music has the power to heal.”

His grandmother, a midwife who was active in her church, instilled in Sylvester the belief that each person has a gift that they must use to bring joy to others.

“When people got sick, my grandmother would come to their home with food and medicine,” Sylvester said. “She’d visit a spell. My grandmother made me go with her.”

One day, Sylvester complained. His grandmother sat him down to say that some day, believe it or not, he’d be old, too. And when that happened, she knew he’d want someone to visit and make him smile.

So, he comes here, to Marquis Piedmont Assisted Living, his grandmother’s voice in his heart.

Six years ago, Autumn Reed-Walker, the center’s activity director, got a request from residents, many of whom once lived in North and Northeast Portland, to hear the music of their youth.

Sylvester was a natural choice. Not only a prolific performer, he serves as a mentor to young musicians and visits schools to play the blues and explain the music’s deep roots in this country. He jokes that his goal is to prove to those young ears that powerful music predates Beyoncé.

He accepted Reed-Walker’s offer, but when it was time to pack up and go, he refused to take the check she handed him. He explained how he was moved when he realized nearly 10 musicians who once played around the city were living at the center.

That day, he vowed to Reed-Walker that he would come back each year to perform for free.

“They all had regular lives,” he said. “They did the things I do now by the grace of God. Musicians are healers, and being here makes my soul feel good.”

At that first concert, Sylvester reconnected with Mel Solomon. As a young man, Solomon worked in the North Portland shipyards. His true calling was singing the blues, which he did at clubs throughout the city.

Solomon, sitting in a wheelchair, told Sylvester he no longer sang because he didn’t want someone to push him to the microphone.

“It was pride,” said Sylvester. “I asked him if he’d sing with us that day. Wheelchair didn’t matter. He did so. The next year he forgot some of the lyrics. When we returned again, he said he could no longer sing. Then he died.

“I’d like to believe I did what I could to make him smile, just what my grandmother told me would happen.”

Music is built on a sense of time, the band playing as one. At the concert, they’re all aware of the passage of time.

“One of the best alto sax players in his time is now in a wheelchair in the front row,” Sylvester said Monday. “One of the guys in my band walked over to another man in a wheelchair to tell him he was his idol.”

The audience gathered under tents to shade them from the heat, which reached nearly 100 degrees. Even so, some wore sweaters. Others dozed or seemed lost in thought.

Sylvester moved to get his guitar, slinging the strap across his shoulder.

“Blues is life,” he said. “Lot of times people can’t express what they feel. Music gives them that option.”

The band kicked off, slow and languid blues, with Sylvester’s guitar snaking over the beat.

And then Sylvester saw some in the crowd slowly tap a foot or try to clap.

They smiled.

So, too, did the old bluesman.

thallman@oregonian.com; 503 221-8224

An award-winning guitarist, Norman Sylvester, left, is the leader of a popular blues band bearing his name that plays across the area. Sylvester performed a free concert for the Marquis Piedmont Assisted Living center, something he’s done every July for six years.

 

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