The same can be said of his fellow Pleasure King, Tom DeQuattro, who passed away on November 1. Tom also played with the original Tombstone Blues Band, Diamond, The Young Adults, and just about anybody who played blues, jazz, or R&B in the area. In recent years, Tom had been living and playing in Florida, where he became a mentor to a new generation of drummers. His generosity and loving spirit was well known.
Jorge (Rudy Cheeks) was honored to have performed with both of these men for many years. He was also honored to play at the memorial concert for Thom Enright, speak at Tom DeQuattro's funeral, and — proudest of all — play with Tom on his last gig in Rhode Island, at Chan's, in October 2011. Tom came all the way from Florida to play with a makeshift Rudy Cheeks/Phoebe Legere band, along with Rob Nelson, Ken Carpenter, Johnny Juxo, Doug James, and Carl Querfurth. It was a great night of music. Our friends may not be with us, but their spirits — and music — will live on.
CRANSTON, CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE
Not everyone knows that the recently crowned Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, is also Miss Edgewood. But Jorge, who has lived in Edgewood for a dozen years, is quite aware.
Olivia's crowning was one big Christmas present to our state, our city, and our neighborhood. Thanks, Miss Universe, and keep on being you.
NOT-SO-FINE OLD CANNIBALS
Come the New Year, Washington will focus on whether chain-smoking, QT-sweating crybaby John Boehner can retain his post as Speaker of the House.
Under his obstructionist regime, Mr. Boner has overseen a fracturing of the GOP, never more evident than in the fiscal cliff battle. And many now believe his gig as boss man of the world's most out-of-touch party is up.
Looking over Boner's shoulder is the incredibly shallow, self-promoting skullhead Eric Cantor, who would slice off his mother's hands to become Speaker.
P&J can't wait to see how much of a dog's breakfast the GOP makes of this internal power struggle. And we look forward to President Obama standing stage left and laughing so hard, he wets his Dockers.
PUBLIC SERVICE CHRONICLES
Congratulations to Casa Diablo regular John "J.R." Pagliarini, who has left his post as senior advisor to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras to serve as chief of staff for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.
J.R. is an inspired choice for this job. His long experience in different levels of state and local government and familiarity with the Chafee team (he has worked for the Lincster before) means that there should be no more "communications breakdowns," no more 38 Studios-type debacles. J.R. is a good and honorable public servant, a real act.
Another act is Teny Gross, the executive director of the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence, in Providence. Your superior correspondents hope that you caught Teny last weekend on WJAR's 10 News Conference with Jim Taricani and Bill Rappleye. We found it particularly striking that Teny, who is from Israel, demonstrated a far deeper understanding of US history than most native-born Americans we know.
Central Falls mayor-elect James Diossa recently named Teny to his advisory council, along with a number of other notable figures, including Dr. Pablo Rodriguez and Patricia Martinez. It seems that young Mr. Diossa is off to a good start and has selected some top-notch people to aid in the Central Falls comeback we're all rooting for.
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