He was a wonderful man, a wonderful drummer, a great educator" said McPartland, who has hosted "Piano Jazz" on National Public Radio for years. "When we first started playing together (along with bassist Bill Crow), you could see that Joe was going to be a star because he was terrific in every possible way. And pretty soon, he was so in demand, and he felt he had to move on."
"He did so much for so many people, he should be recognized for the important person he was. Music was his life, he truly loved it," said McPartland.