The Tampa Bay music community will come together to memorialize one of their own.
TAMPA BAY: On Saturday, March 5th, the Tampa Bay Music community will come together to memorialize one of their own, and to help out a family who unexpectedly found themselves in mourning on one December morning in 2010. It was on Tuesday, December7th of last year, when veteran Tampa Bay musician, 44 year old Jeff Brissette, never awoke from his sleep.
A musician for most of his life, Jeff was born in Springfield, Massachusetts On July 13th, 1966. Jeff graduated from high school in 1984, and In 1985 he married his High School sweetheart, Valerie. Jeff and Valerie eventually would go on to have two children together, and eventually two grand children.
Jeff continued his education by studying Music & Psychology at Holyoke Community College, where he graduated in 1993. In 1999 Jeff moved his family to Florida where he started working in the Theme Park Industry (management) for both Universal Studios and Busch Gardens.
In 2008 Jeff took an early retirement from Anheuser-Busch (Busch Gardens-Tampa) due to health reasons. After his early retirement from the Theme Park Industry, Jeff decided to concentrate on his music where he freelanced as both a live performer and a studio musician.
During his musical career, Jeff shared the stage with such legendary musicians as Marshall Tucker, Pure Prarie League, the Allman Brothers, Vanilla Fudge, Tom Petty, LeeAnn Womack, Rodney Atkins, Dr. John, John Cafferty and many, many more.
Aside from the legendary musicians that Jeff had the oppertunity to perform with, he also played in several local bands as well. Bands Jeff played in include: The Backwater Blues Band, 4 Play, Blind Rage, Thunderstruck, Texas Mike Bell and the Tex-Tones, Stage Hangar 4, Over The Rainbow, Lavafish, Thrash Jazz, and BitterSuite.
Shortly before his untimely passing, Jeff sent an email out to select people, as well as posting it on on his social network page. The following is what Jeff wrote:
“It’s with a sad heart than I’m announcing that I have to retire from performing live. As many of you know, I’ve been battling Crohns Disease for the last 4 years, with little success. Over the last year or so, I’ve been diagnosed with Advanced Degenerative Disc Disease and severe Spinal Stenosis, and have numerous herniated and ruptured discs, which will require 2 surgeries. Over the last two weeks, I’ve been hospitalized for a total of 8 days for a Cardiac issue (a blockage in my Carotid Artery). Depending on how I react to the medications I may or may not need surgery for this as well (I pray not). So what looked like a few months hiatus will now most likely be permanent. A huge thanks to everyone who came out and supported me in The Backwater Blues Band, 4 Play, Blind Rage (RIP) Don, Thunderstruck, Texas Mike Bell and the Tex-Tones, Stage Hangar 4, Over The Rainbow (RIP Tony), Lavafish, Thrash Jazz and BitterSuite, it’s been a blast. I’ll be concentrating on writing and recording at home, as well as trying to improve my guitar playing so I don’t have to keep asking for help on leads! (you know who you are!) Who knows what the future holds? Gods been good to me, so I’m not complaining, I’ve played with some amazing musicians from Mass. down to Fl. and made some awesome lifelong friends. Please keep supporting Backwater Blues and BitterSuite, as they are both still out there kicking butt and are excellent bands. Thanks again and God Bless.”
Jefferey Brissette is survived by his wife, Valerie, his two children, Angie and Chrystian, and his two grandchildren, Haylee and Benji.
Funeral services were held for Jeff on December 13th of last year, but on March 5th of this year, it will be time for the Tampa Bay music scene to remember one of their fallen brothers once again…the best way that they know how…with music. That’s when several bands will take the stage at Quaker Steak and Lube to honor Jeff Brissette, and to help the family he left behind.
Several bands such as: Jaded, LoudMouth, Sobriety X, Cosmic Voodoo, Herding Cats, and a band that Jeff himself once played in…Bitter Suite, will grace the stage between the hours of 12:00pm & 6:00pm for a day of music & rememberance.
Jeff himself played in several benefit concerts during his musical career…now it’s time to return the gesture by being a part of one that is in honor of him. After all, Jeff was loved by many people, and to say that Jeff is missed dearly by those that were close to him would be an understatement. Jeff touched the lives of more people then one could possibly imagine. Family, friends, Colleagues, fans…..he is now, and forever will be missed by many.
If you go:
The Jam For Jeff Benefit will be held at Quaker Steak & Lube on Saturday, March 5th from 12:00pm – 6:00pm. Quaker Steak & Lube is located in Clearwater at 10400 49th Street North.
Please share your stories of Jeff:
In remembrance of Jeff, If you have a story that you would like to share about him, please feel free in posting it in the comments section that is at the bottom of this article, and/or emailing it to [email protected] for inclusion in a possible future memorial article.
What is Crohn’s Disease?
Crohn’s disease, also known as ileitis or enteritis, is an ongoing disorder that causes inflammation of the digestive tract, also referred to as the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Crohn’s disease can affect any area of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it most commonly affects the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum. The swelling extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. The swelling can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease, the general name for diseases that cause swelling in the intestines. Because the symptoms of Crohn’s disease are similar to other intestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis, it can be difficult to diagnose. Ulcerative colitis causes inflammation and ulcers in the top layer of the lining of the large intestine. In Crohn’s disease, all layers of the intestine may be involved, and normal healthy bowel can be found between sections of diseased bowel.
Crohn’s disease affects men and women equally and seems to run in some families. About 20 percent of people with Crohn’s disease have a blood relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease, most often a brother or sister and sometimes a parent or child. Crohn’s disease can occur in people of all age groups, but it is more often diagnosed in people between the ages of 20 and 30. People of Jewish heritage have an increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease, and African Americans are at decreased risk for developing Crohn’s disease. For more information on Crohn’s Disease, please click here.
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