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Heather Masse Remembers Roswell Rudd

Singer pays tribute to avant jazz legend (11.17.35 – 12.21.17)

Heather Masse with Roswell Rudd
Heather Masse (left) with Roswell Rudd (photo c/o Red House Records)

Roswell Rudd and I met in Saint Paul, Minn., in 2009, when we were both guests on A Prairie Home Companion. The magic began that day, as we uncovered the many serendipitous connections we had, the foremost being that we lived 8 miles down the road from each other in the backwoods of the Catskill Mountains.

Taking advantage of our newfound neighbor status, we started getting together to play music about once a week. Roswell lived with his partner, Verna Gillis, on a beautiful property in the woods of Kerhonkson, N.Y. Sculptures by Verna’s late husband, Bradford Graves, line the yard and the edges of the forest.

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