“I will retire from politics eventually, but musicians don’t ever stop playing.”
He was, to those who knew him personally, also a tremendous colleague and a true gentleman. His contributions to the cultural landscape of Canada and to CKUA are beyond measure – neither would be the same without his fierce passion for the arts.
We’ll be sharing some of our favourite memories of Tommy in the coming days, both here and on air. Kodi Hutchison will also have a live, two-hour tribute to the jazz great Saturday from 1-3pm MT.
Former CKUA GM talks about meeting Tommy Banks for the first time, and the immeasurable impact he had on the station’s history.
Monique Bielech from the Yardbird Suite talks about the music that inspired a young Tommy Banks when he was still a teenager, and how he was dedicated to the Alberta jazz scene.
Musician PJ Perry talks about the Tommy’s special connection with other artists, his time mentoring other musicians, and his fierce loyalty.