Another great Iowa blues bassist has left us way to early. Ed Eaves who played with many people, but is mostly remembered as playing with Brian "TAZ" Grant, and Dale "Saxman" Jones, has died at the age of 52. He suffered a stroke a couple of days ago and never recovered. I was lucky to have met and jammed with Ed a few times. He was a great guy. He and the late Jimmy Smith were one of the first Des Moines blues players that I had the opportunity to play with when I first moved back home in 1991. Taz was late for a gig at the old Kapplan Hat company and Ed found out I played piano. So he and Jimmy had me play for about a half hour until Taz could make it. Jimmy and Ed were quite the combo so it was pretty scary playing with them, but they made it fun.
Update Special thanks to Barbra who sent me a photo of Ed.
Update 2 Services have changed for Ed's Sunday Service from Bethel AME to Union Missionary Baptist 1348 McCormick (off east 14th & University).
Memorial service arrangements Sunday, Sept. 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Church and Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at Cornerstone Family Church.
Cannon Mortuary is handling arrangements ‹ 515- 244-5253.
He died Sept. 8 at Mercy Medical Center. He was 52.