the Legendary Jinny Avery, 1912-2012
|At home September 2006|
Notice the pin at Jinny's throat. It reads "IT'S OK"
Notice the pin on Jinny's garment. This pin had a very special significance in Jinny's life. It came into her life sometime after her husband died suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving her with 4 children to support and raise. Several years later she experienced the unexpected loss of a son as well. As a result of the life-lessons she learned from these losses and challenges in her own life, Jinny inspired all who knew her to live life with gusto. I have never forgotten this pin and her take on life. She wore the pin everywhere on everything. It continues to inspire me today.
|My goodies from my textile study tour to France all spread out on |
the sleeper sofa in Jinny's living room. She was such a generous friend
and wanted to hear all the details of my trip.
After the exhibit opening, Donna Wilder drove us across New York City and out to Westchester where we had dinner. To go out to dinner -- to do anything with Jinny Avery --- was one incredibly FUN TIME! What an amazing woman she was! What a spirit and zest for life she had!
|Dinner in Westchester after the exhibit open in New York. |
L-R: Jinny Avery, her house guest friend Deborah,
Donna Wilder, Karen Alexander
|This is a delightful piece Jinny made based on a cartoon that one of her friends drew |
to celebrate the King Street Stompers, a group she had jammed with and
performed with publicly on occasion for over 50 years.
To read more about Jinny's professional life, read my tribute to her on The Quilters Hall of Fame blog by clicking here. There you will also find links to two video interviews that exist of Jinny and her professional work.
Adieu, dear friend.
It was pure joy to have the opportunity to hear and see Jinny play the piano with a Dixieland-style band, including my husband Gary on clarinet, at her Induction into The Quilters Hall of Fame in July 2006. Gary, a jazz musician all his life, admired her talent so much and enjoyed exchanging emails with her occasionally. He told me after the jam session that Jinny was clearly the best musician on the stand that day!
Gary is also a jazz and classical DJ on our local radio station. Today he just played the New World Symphony at 2:15 (Pacific Time) on his classical program, and then he will play a solo jazz piano version of “Going Home” (from that symphony), dedicating it to Jinny. Then he will play about 20 minutes of music from Jinny’s 2011 album, “It’s OK” (recorded when she was 98 !) during the first 30 minutes of his jazz program, from 3:00 to 3:30 Pacific time. If you have access to the internet, you can listen to the show live Friday afternoon, September 7 at http://www.kloi.org/
Jinny, we salute you, grand lady that you are!