John-Alex Mason Remembered by Jeff Bieri

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As the arts community mourns the death of local friend and blues musician John-Alex Mason, KRCC DJ Jeff Bieri remembers him from the first time he played one of his CDs on the Blue Plate Special through his involvement with Blues Under The Bridge and the recent blossoming of his career and family.

KRCC wishes all of John-Alex’s family and friends our sincerest condolences.

(This piece will air on The Blue Plate Special between Noon and 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2011.)

 

19 Responses to Remembering John-Alex Mason

  1. Thanks to Jeff and Noel for putting this piece together. It’s well done and we are all going to miss John Alex’s spirit and musical presence in this community.

  2. Matt Parkhouse says:

    Wonderful, “real” blues! I share the bond of “botched Penrose surgery” as well with John-Alex. At least I got to live but the botched gall bladder removal, and resultant 27 day coma, has crippled me for life. It’s a tragedy but I will listen to his music with much more interest, sharing this bond….
    Go in PEACE, John-Alex!

  3. jennifer says:

    I saw John alex mason play at bongo billys in Salida and it left an indelible mark. I am stunned and and saddened at his passing.
    Jennifer

  4. Jeremy says:

    For me, one of the greatest gifts and unexpected surprises of returning to Colorado Springs has been to witness first-hand that the blues music genre is alive and well (thank goodness), even amongst a younger age demographic. John-Alex Mason, was one of the several very talented torchbearers here, who have been keeping this music relevant and engaging, both locally and to a larger geographic audience. Thanks for the memories and the music, John.

  5. Clyde Tullis says:

    Likewise, thank you Jeff. This just the saddest thing. I first met John-Alex standing in line on a Saturday in September 2002. He was sitting under a small tent entertaining the people waiting to get into the show. I had to step out just to hear some more. I have always considered him a friend since that day.

  6. Arthur says:

    First saw John-Alex on stage with BBKing. What a night. His talent and innovative music making were a gas to behold. The community and his family have lost a real treasure. My thoughts are with you Bob.

  7. Kelly says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting (and recording) John Alex for his CD release party in 2002, what a humble man and powerful soul, I still have the recordings – raw and earthy, foreshadowing a great talent, the world will miss him.

  8. steve blackwell says:

    I had the pleasure of seeing john alex mason at front range barbeque before, and heard him on krcc shows. Could hardly believe my eyes hearing such incredible delta style blues coming from this one very talented young man. He was taken away far too early and his contributions to the local music scene will not fade from memory soon. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  9. John-Alex was truely a unique musical person. I will miss his solo gigs as well as my fond memories of his rockin’band “Hipshake” my prayers and love go out to all his family members and his fans…

  10. Linda says:

    Our BAC family sends love and sympathy to John-Alex’s family and friends. His passion for the arts and his dedication as a BAC board member is so appreciated and will be missed by everyone he touched -

  11. Steve Mackin says:

    Great tribute by good people to a super BLUES MAN in the rockies. God bless him and watch over and his family and the people he made dance.

  12. Kim Will says:

    From the Will family: It is typical for students to live perpetually, in the minds of teachers, as they did when they were students, or so it seems to me, sitting here looking at John-Alex’s photo in stunned disbelief that he is gone. I remember like yesterday the smile (always the smile), his early discovery of music and the guitar, the quiet and solid presence John-Alex exuded on campus at CSS. And that voice: unique, powerful, encompassing his music with passion. What a fine and tender soul he was and will remain so in the spirit of my whole family. We all loved his little daily kindnesses: the chatting to my two boys in Maytag; his smile and big wave; and the time his whole family came to visit us in the dorm at CSS, Mr. Mason dressed like Santa—just to be kind. So many daily kindnesses; perhaps that is the essence of a life well-lived, however unfinished. We, as a family, are heartsick at this sudden and tragic loss. Pie Jesu Domine, dona eis requiem. Dona eis requiem sempiternam.

  13. Keith Baker says:

    We heard John-Alex open for B.B. King at the Pikes Peak Center several years ago. I was literally about to send a friend an iTunes gift of “Juke Joint Thunderclap” to turn him on to John-Alex when I heard the news Wednesday via KRCC. John-Alex was a singular blues musician and voice who will be greatly missed.

  14. Michelle talarico says:

    I was an admirer of John Alex from the minute I met him. A true Passionate, beautiful soul. I was lucky and blessed to cater his wedding 8 years ago! I remember his smile, his gentle nature, his humble attitude towards his music and the way he adored his then fiance, now wife.

  15. As a local musician here in the Springs, this news is just absolutely heartbreaking. I saw him perform numerous times and was just downright blown away by his talent, enthusiasm, and kindness. We lost a true musical hero in our own backyard. My heart still aches. Thanks for everything you did John-Alex Mason!!!!!

  16. Shane Burns says:

    John-Alex was a great bluesman. Outstanding musician. A very nice tribute.

  17. Danna Tullis says:

    The passing of John Alex is shocking and terribly sad. He had such a remarkable talent and love for the blues. I’ll never forget dancing with my granddaughter and daughter in law to his one man band show. Thanks for your dedication to sharing your talent, John Alex.

  18. A beautiful Spirit , Talent and Soul whom will be sorely missed …..

  19. Please tune-in to the Colorado Blues Society’s Inaugural John-Alex Mason Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert! Friday 12/2. 9P MST. streaming online at krfcfm.org.
    Ronnie Shellist, Cassie Taylor, Jason Downing & Friends
    https://www.facebook.com/events/189511134465495/

    John-Alex was beloved and respected throughout the blues music community, and that was particularly true here in Colorado. Many of us have been looking for a way to honor his memory, and help continue the educational work he felt was so important.

    As you may know, John-Alex took high school students from Colorado Springs to Mississippi on more than one occasion for extended field trips that sometimes included visiting Memphis and New Orleans.

    The Colorado Blues Society, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization, will use the money raised to send student-aged musicians from Colorado to workshops and seminars that will further their blues music (and cultural) education.

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