It is has always been very important and deeply moving to me that my music has been so passionately and knowledgeably appreciated and received for so many years in Japan, which has one of the greatest jazz audiences anywhere in the entire world.
As most of you surely know, I am now 88 years old, and am looking forward to celebrating my 89th Birthday on November 1st, and when a person of my age gets a sudden and serious infection and blockage of the ear canals (eustachian tubes), like I am currently going through, it can be a very frightening experience; it can make hearing and even your walking balance quite a bit more difficult. We have to make absolutely sure that this clogging and infection have been totally cleared up by both by antibiotics and very careful attention, so that I can definitely come back to Japan for this farewell tour later this summer in total safety and comfort for all concerned.
I deeply appreciate all the kindness and support that the Blue Note Tokyo, Cotton Club and all my great fans in Japan have shown me for so long, and I look forward with all my heart and soul to seeing you all for my Farewell Tour concerts in your beautiful country.
All my love and respect always.
Keep swingin', Lou Donaldson