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June 10, 2014

Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival celebrates local legend

Festival highlights local and national jazz and blues acts

Months after the death of Logansport’s most famous Grammy award winner, the show goes on for the festival that bears his name.

The seventh annual Med Flory Jazz and Blues Festival brings jazz and blues artists from the Logansport area and around the country on Saturday afternoon at Little Turtle Waterway along the Wabash River in downtown Logansport.

It’ll include a short segment in honor of Flory, who passed away in early March at the age of 87. He was known for performances with the jazz band Supersax and bebop musician Charlie Parker, as well as for appearances in several TV shows, including “Bonanza.”

“Once he left here, there were lots of people — other musicians — that were inspired by him,” local photographer Rich Voorhies said.

Voorhies worked with Flory as a portrait photographer when the musician came back to his hometown from his longtime residence in California.

“He comes in and says oh, I don’t like to have my picture taken,” Voorhies recalled. “And I thought it was strange.” So he played a CD of horn music.

“I popped that on, turned it on and he said, ‘man, who are those cats?’ And he just starts talking about them, and completely forgot about not liking to get his picture taken,” Voorhies said.

Several new musicians will make an appearance at the Med Flory festival, on purpose to keep the event fresh for regular attendees, according to festival co-chairman Dave Herman.

Blues musician Mark Robinson, hailing from Tennessee, kicks off the festival at 3 p.m., followed by unrelated blues musician Tad Robinson at 4:30 p.m.

Zach Day and Full Throttle will take the stage at 6 p.m., followed by Steve Allee with Stan Hillis Quintet at 7:30 p.m., the Kelly Richey Band at 9 p.m. and the Tim Miller Band with Candice Rans at 10:30 p.m.

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