News and Tribune

January 16, 2013

Glenn James Fisher, 63; Jeffersonville

— Glenn James Fisher, 63, of Jeffersonville, died earlier this month at his home. Born in Evansville, he pursued music at an early age and studied at IU School of Music for four years before moving to Southern Indiana for an active career as a bassist and keyboardist in the Louisville jazz landscape. He was a composer of original tunes; and, as a frequent arranger of standard tunes, he wrote and co-published the widely used “Pocket Changes” of standard chord progressions for musicians, a playbook used by musicians internationally.

He would often be heard on the keyboard at Derby Dinner Playhouse, Clarksville, and he taught many summers at Jamey Aebersold’s Jazz Clinic at U of L.

A most gentle soul, he was devoted to his garden and to his family.

He is survived by four siblings, Larry S. Fisher, Beth Rudwell and her husband, George, Roger Fisher and his wife, Lisa Green, and Mary Ann Fisher, all of Jeffersonville. Surviving nephew and nieces are Jesse Fisher, of Jacksonville, Fla., Elaine Rudwell Kasket, of London, UK, Justin Rudwell, of London, UK, Emily Fisher Paproki and Megan Fisher Quigley, of Louisville, and Sara Rudwell, of Indianapolis. Also surviving are four grand nephews and three grand nieces.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James S. and Elizabeth A. Fisher, of Jeffersonville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Musician’s Emergency Relief Fund, 

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A gathering of friends and family to celebrate Glenn’s life will be planned for springtime.

Scott Funeral Home is handling the arrangements and cremation.