Our friend Jimmy Z was there today…he and the the Roots Band paid tribute as well as…
well, some well knowns. Here is his recap. Unedited.
It's been a busy, sad 2 days with Etta James' viewing last night and her memorial service this morning. Jessica was with me and it was awesome. The whole Roots Band was there and we played At Last and some other Etta songs.
Rev. Al Sharpton and Maxine Waters did the eulogies. Sharpton nailed it.
Stevie Wonder played piano and sang and then played a harmonica solo that was so incredible. Pristine and flawless.
President Obama sent a heartfelt, poignant letter that Rev. Sharpton read to the crowd.
Christina Aguilerier sang At Last and did her usual heavy handed approach but people seemed to like it.
So good to see Lupe De Leon, Etta's longtime manager. Etta's husband Artis. Meredith from the office.
Sons, Donto and Sametto. All the kids and grandkids.
Pat, Etta's longtime friend and nurse.
Rudy, make up man to the stars and Etta James.
Thelma Jones and Gary Ballen.
But the best part was playing with my brothers in the Etta James Roots Band probably for the last time as a group. And sending Etta off in style. Josh Sklair, Bobby Murray, Dave Mathews, Reggie McBride, Lee Thornburg, Nick Lane, Mike Olmos, Chet...and all the other alumni members in the crowd.
There wasn't a dry eye in the house.
We love you Etta and you are and will be missed immensely.
As Rev. Sharpton said, " She is irreplaceable."