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Do you want to know who Dizzy Gillespie  idolized? Did you ever wonder who inspired Kenny Clarke and Art Blakey? Who was the pianist that mentored Monk, Bud Powell, Tad Dameron, Elmo Hope, Sarah Vaughan and Mel Torme? Who was Art Tatum’s idol and Nat Cole’s mentor? What musical quartet pioneered the concept adopted later by the Modern Jazz Quartet? Were you ever curious to know who taught saxophone to Stanley Turrentine or who taught piano to Ahmad Jamal? What community music school trained Robert McFerrin, Sr. for his history-making debut with the Metropolitan Opera? What virtually unknown pianist was a significant influence on young John Coltrane, Shirley Scott, McCoy Tyner, Bobby Timmons and Ray Bryant when he moved to Philadelphia from Pittsburgh in the 1940s?  Would you be surprised to know that Erroll Garner attended classes at the Julliard School of Music in New York and was at the top of his class in writing and arranging proficiency?

 

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The Skip Peck Quartet Live At Little E's at Little E's Jazz Club

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Roger Humphries/ James Johnson/ Howie Alexander/ Paul Thompson/ Tom Wendt/ Don Aliquo Jr./ Jimmy Ponder/ Reggie Watkins/ Dave Throckmorton
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At 12:03pm on April 21, 2010, The Brian Edwards Excursion said…
Hey Alex,
Good to hear from you, I am looking forward to hanging out when I get back. I will be in touch soon!
Brian
At 12:52am on April 21, 2009, Jeff Beck said…
I am only a short drive away, consider it a far eastern suburb. I would love to play sometime, especially in the summer when school is OUT!
At 5:46am on April 20, 2009, Kennard Williams said…
It was a pleasure to meet you Alexander. You sounded great at the 1902 Tavern.

Best regards,

Kennard
At 5:53pm on March 7, 2009, Colter Harper said…
Fo' sho' mo' fro'
At 3:55pm on February 28, 2009, Abby E. Gross said…
Haha hey Alex, nice blow:-p Sorry I couldn't make it last night I had a gig, I would have loved to see that! I will definatly check it out again soon though I bet you guys were retarded, jimmy is so unbelievable! I might be able to make it out monday after our concert at the guild. We are hosting Darmon Meder it will be awesome! See ya soon, best wishes!
At 2:04am on February 27, 2009, Jerry Butler said…
I would love to feature "you" as my guest on my show..If I am not your friend..please add me...also please call me @ the offc at 757 538 3540...757 971 3733 for details...click on the banner below to be a guest...JB


At 2:05am on August 19, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
No man, I'm glad to be done...
At 7:06pm on August 15, 2008, Andy Bianco said…
Oy Cabrone! No, Carnival has decided to discontinue jazz trios on all but 5 ships so this gig will be virtually extinct as of September 7th, which is when I most likely will be returning....
At 9:02pm on August 13, 2008, SANDY STALEY said…
HAPPY TO SEE AND HEAR YOU LAST THURSDAY. DOES MY
HEART GOOD TO SEE INSPIRED YOUTH. TOUCH OCCUPATION
NOT FOR THE WEAK!!!! I AM 4TH GENERATION = MY DAD
(FABULOUS TRUMPET), HIS MOM (CLASSICAL CELLIST) , BOTH
GREAT GRANDPARENTS (SHE A CONTRALTO ALA GILBERT &
SULLIVAN AND HE A CHARLIE CHAPLIN CLONE IN ENLANDS'
VAUDEVILLE ). IT DOES CARRY ON THRU THE BLOOD././/////
MY BEST TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
At 12:11pm on August 13, 2008, KENIA said…
Hi Alex,
Thanks for the add. Hope all is well.
K

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