John Neff: a celebration of life (1951-2022)

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Thu, 01/26/2023 - 11:00am to 11:30am
John Neff

On today’s show, we’re celebrating the life of John Neff, who passed away in Portland last month, at the too young age of 71. John was a musician, producer, composer, radio deejay, and audio engineer, who worked with an all-star roster of artists --  Motown stars like Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, and Mary Wells, the rock band Steppenwolf, Steely Dan’s Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, and film director David Lynch. To name but a few.

I had the great privilege, and pleasure, of talking with John a year ago for Jonesy. We covered some of the highlights of John’s career in music, a long and fascinating career that spanned his start, at the age of 14, playing guitar in the 60s garage-rock band The Ascots, to his retirement just last year. And I say "retirement" in quotes, since he continued to help out local musicians, even playing regular gigs as bass guitarist for Christie Josef and the Purpose.

We had to cut a bit of our conversation to fit the half-hour timeslot. But if this whets your appetite for more, you can stream the longer version on-demand here:


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