on the Artist from Site Visitors:
Subject: Re: Hello from Claudio Slon's Webmaster!
Received: 9/30/02 9:06 PM
Yes I'm interested [in being interviewed
for Claudio's site]! I adore that beautiful soul. [. . .]
I have a piece of recording before one of my songs starts with him
singing "Porque". It is the cutest thing with his accent! Thanks for
the email. Talk soon.
Subject: great site
Received: 11/23/02 5:15 AM
I was a personal friend of the late Claudio Slon, and liked your little vignette on him.
[. . .]
He was a very special person to me and to all
who met him.
Subject: Re: Claudio Slon (interview questions)
Received: 12/10/02 4:59 AM
Cool, I'll take my time to talk about Claudio - I need to find out what is really important, I could write about him non-stop.
BTW Claudio was such a humble guy, I don't know
what it is about guys like him, but sometimes when you express how
much their art mean to you, or meant at one point and many times it
even seems to change one's life, it doesn't seem that it really gets
thru to them. I met Claudio among other great musicians, and it seems
to me that they never understood how important their art meant to me,
it's a funny thing, I guess!?
--Edward "Bijoux" Barbosa
Bassist (Denver, CO)
Received: 1/6/03 7:32 PM
Nice to hear from another of Claudio's many friends.
Claudio and I met in 1978 and became instant friends.We spent the next four years making music and memories. Our families became very close and we had each other to get us through those times.
[. . .]
Claudio was a great friend I will forever
Los Angeles, CA
Subject: Friend of Claudio's
Received: 2/12/03 8:10 PM
I was honored to perform as a bassist with Claudio Slon several times in the Denver/Boulder area beforeClaudio's accident and subsequent death. He is truly missed but would tell us all to go on living life to the fullest extent - his daughters both shared his attitude toward life ("Check the drama at the door") at the memorial service.
Some of my most treasured memories are the times I was lucky enough to perform with Claudio between 1999 and 2001, especially with Mitchell Long or Chico deMeira on violao, percussion, voz and Jeff Jenkins or Eric Gunnison on piano. It was so easy to play with him, and invaluable to hear his stories of playing with the greats - he never bragged, so I always gently prodded for his gems of wisdom.
Claudio and I shared a love of word play - he was a master of dry humor.
I just discovered that my son, Anthony, can be seen in the background of the photo of Mike Marlier and Kenny Walker right between their faces on the
page! Get this: Anthony (5 years old at the
time) once played freeze tag during a break with Chico and Claudio at
a wedding gig of Chico's. Yes, they all chased each other around for
a little while before the music resumed! Claudio was aware that his
size was imposing, to say the least, to a 5 year old boy, so he went
out of his way to make Anthony feel comfortable around him. They
became good buddies at that gig and Anthony always (still does)
thought fondly of Claudio after that.
Regards and thanks for your dedication to our friend,
Highlands Ranch, CO
Subject: Greetings From Australia
I just visited your pages on Claudio Slon. Loved the material, congratulations. Like you I love his drumming and grew up listening to recordings that he played on. All the best to you.
percussionist, composer & educator
Head of the Improvisation Department
Victorian College of the Arts
The University of Melbourne
Received in email on 10/15/05:
It's been a long time...this is Jon Skinner (AKA: "Brasil Nut" on A&M Corner). You know, I hadn't seen your Sergio or Claudio tribute pages in a long time and ran across them tonight. To say I am impressed would be an understatement. B.J., you have done an amazing job of documenting Sergio and his career.
Anyway, I was doing an Internet search this evening and encountered your page, where I've been for the last two hours, reading about Claudio, Sergio -- everyone -- and I'm amazed!! Excellent job, B.J.!! I'm sure Sergio must have told you how impressed he is with the site.
Well, I am so pleased to have opportunity to write to someone (other than myself) who, not only admires Sergio, but has done a great job of paying tribute to him online. I am in awe of your knowledge and the thorough manner in which you've compiled and presented your information. You know, several people have encouraged me to put together a page devoted to Sergio. With 30 years of collectibles under my belt, I have plenty of material to do so. However, I look at your site and think I could never do nearly as well in presenting Sergio in such a good light.
On a personal note, I believe in what you are doing by keeping Claudio's Spirit alive. As such, I have bookmarked your sites and intend to use them to access Gemm, as well as your other sponsors. The Web is expensive and you are providing an invaluable service...you deserve something in return.
Do Take Care...great to be back in contact after so many years!!
The "Brasil Nut"