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hosea taylor jr. to the five play boys

Posted on October 7, 2010 at 9:00pm 0 Comments

It was just like yesterday that I heard group of of lean and different guys aproach my 3 storied high rise on 2431 Bedford Ave.Thought we were in trouble and all..As the years pass I was beginning my auto-biograpy and as I keep writting ,I realized that It wasn't mine. It was part of my fathers,Hosea Sr..The 5 playboys were a du wap group that had hit a song the 'pages of my scrapbook'-1958 I binged and u-tubed and there it was,still the melodies in my head.The back groud with a sassy eloquent… Continue

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At 2:52pm on September 14, 2011, Marta Graciela Bressi said…

Dear Hosea ,

I´d really appreciate it if you could take the time to look at my work and leave your impressions here or in the guestbook on my homepage -http://www.miartemartagracielabressi.webs.com/- where there are more samples of my digital art works, engravings and sculptures. The web site´s in Spanish but, if you want to read the texts in English, you can access my Livejournal:

http://pallasatheneas.livejournal.com

You can also visit the website we created with the Belgian jazz musician Dirk Schreurs to make our recent video art collaboration

known to the world:

http://www.mindsofglass.webs.com/
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Minds of Glass:  ¨All visual compositions perfectly match the soundtrack’s expressive aesthetics in terms of emotional content and artistic strength” (New York/Los Angeles Independent Media Board).

http://cminejazz.com/show/2010/11/12/minds-of-glass

http://martagracielabressistudios.webs.com/
If it doesn't work, simply copy and paste the link on your browser. You'll find new images in the gallery.


Regards,

Marta

P.S.: Unfortunately, I' ve got too many contact on the network to add more.Feel free to add me if you want.

At 2:24am on September 12, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 2:23am on September 12, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
At 2:16am on September 12, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
I posted a couple of Hosea's tracks from his CDs on the Main Page music player so people can hear his artistry on this network and share it with others.
At 2:14am on September 12, 2011, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…

Dear Hosea,

 

We are truly saddened upon the passing of your father.  He was an inspiration to several generations of musicians here in Pittsburgh and was well respected by his peers around the globe.  Ahmad Jamal sent me a note today saying that Hosea was always one of his favorites. 

 

I was on the road with Grover Mitchell on the Basie band and he always spoke of Hosea and their upbringing in jazz as kids.  We will miss him but will continue to sing him up as an ascended elder of our musical culture.

 

We are so grateful that he took the initiative to write two autobiographical books that will continue to tell his story.  If you have any photos you could post on your page, it will appreciated by so many of his friends in jazz.

 

With sincere sympathy,

Nelson

 

At 8:17pm on November 01, 2010, Barbara Ray gave hosea samuel taylor jr, a gift
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Hosea: You brought your Dad happiness in reminiscing about the recording. Best regards, Barbara Ray (Ms.B)
At 5:15am on January 27, 2010, Barbara Ray gave hosea samuel taylor jr, a gift
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Hosea: I am thanking you for being so thoughtful in displaying me a gift ... my sentiments back to you for being so kind. God bless you, Barb Ray (Ms. B).
At 5:35pm on January 16, 2010, Barbara Ray said…
Hosea Jr:

That was so thoughtful of you ... your gift is really, truly appreciated.
I attempted to return a friendly gesture to you but I did'nt get a confirmation so I don't know if it was successfully accomplished. These new confound gadgets are no joke ... (smile). we will know when you get back online.

I'm wearing my shades in style!

Thank you, again.

Barb
(Ms B)
At 5:12am on January 8, 2010, Barbara Ray said…
Hosea Jr:

Your Dad and I have been friends for... well - for over 40 years and I exaggerate not - I only wish that I would have began singing public-ally when he first introduced me to that wonderful world of jazz and his magnificent style of playing that saxophone.

During the years he's always spoke of you..he's very proud of you and I'm so glad he shared the fact that you're on this network.

It's a pleasure to be your friend.

God bless you and thank you.

Barb
(Ms.B)
At 4:06am on April 30, 2009, Dr. Nelson Harrison said…
Welcome Hosea, Jr.,

I can't tell you how pleased I am that you have joined us. Your father is a great friend and mentor who is still out here showing the way. He may never get his online thing together enough to join us for a while but his picture is here in many places. I love your music and encourage you to post some samples and photos on this network so we can share with the locals and the world. thanks for joining and please add me as a friend.

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