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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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At 3:01pm on April 21, 2010, Frank B. Greenlee said…
It is good to see a picture from back in the day of Larry, Van, George and Bobby. When was this taken? Frank
At 12:09am on April 15, 2009, Jaki Young said…
Hi Woody. I am Jaki Young, Harold Young's daughter. Nice to see you on here. I lived in Florida for many years. Now back in the 'burg. See ya soon...
At 4:57am on April 1, 2009, Dan Wasson said…
will do
At 1:24am 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 4:40pm on November 8, 2008, Robert Banks said…
Hey Woody,
Nice to hear from you. Nice to have that connection back tho the "old "days. Are you still playing? I am now in Florida...still doing some playing. Working on some new things also. Have to stay in touch...OK??
At 12:14am on June 3, 2008, Dave Yoho said…
Hi Eugene, I will give Nelson the good word. I'll be performing with him this Saturday at the annual PA microbrewer's festival at the Penn Brewery. Thanks, Dave
At 4:30am on April 7, 2008, Dan Wasson said…
Woody, my name is Dan Wasson, I play with Eric Johnson and Butch Jones. They've talked of about your great playing often. I met you very briefly at Ronnie Jones's funeral. If you're ever playing, please let me know. Thanks
At 4:03am on April 7, 2008, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Woody,

I can't tell you how happy I am to see you here as will be many other members.

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