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Rudy Van Gelder

Today I learned that Rudy Van Gelder is receiving a National Endowment for the Arts grant: http://www.nea.gov/national/jazz/jmCMS/master.php?id=2009_05

I’ve never met Mr. Van Gelder (in fact, the photo in that post makes the first time I’ve ever seen his likeness) and growing up, I was told we weren’t related.  But a few years ago, I spoke with a first cousin of Rudy’s and he said he knew my grandfather and that we distantly related.  I believe the closest we could be related is third cousins, once removed.

But I thought it was using our distant connection to note that one of the great jazz producers  has gotten some of the recognition he deserves.

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3 Responses to “Rudy Van Gelder”

  1. Jordan Hartnett on January 29th, 2009

    It’s cool when we find out we are related to someone famous. I am related to the baseball player Gabby Hartnett, a Hall-of-Famer.

    I don’t think I’m related to Josh Hartnett, even though we share the same last name. It’s a question people ask when they see my last name is Hartnett.

  2. Gordon Van Gelder on January 29th, 2009

    I had thought Gabby Hartnett was the catcher who caught a ball thrown off the Washington Monument, but I see it was Gabby Street: http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/March_13.

    Gabby Hartnett was a better player, though.

  3. hamster king on January 31st, 2009

    Woot! Go Van Gelders.

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