A few months ago, Al asked me if I would take his place at Heidi's while he was In Miami undergoing treatments for his illness. I agreed to help him out. I may sit on the stage where Al would normally sit, but I could never take his place. Al was one of a kind with his infectious smile and sense of humor, not to mention his warm vocals and great reed playing. I worked with him for at least 20 years playing dixieland and dance music and I will always remember the good times we had doing so. Thanks for the memories. My heartfelt thoughts to Mardi and Al's family.