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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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Duke Ellington is first African-American and the first musician to solo on U.S. circulating coin

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            INTERVIEW

       In Her Own Words

Stanley and Tommy Turrentine (France 1960)

Stanley Turrentine tenor; Tommy Turrentine tpt; Julian Priester trombone; Bob Boswell - bass; and Max Roach drums. France 1960

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Comment by SOUTHSIDE JERRY MELLIX on June 5, 2018 at 3:56pm

Thanks for sharing this clip.  Stanley and Art Nance (another great but not as famous local musician) were two of my saxophone heroes when I was a "young pup".   I only met Mr. Turrentine once and that was by accident and very brief.  I always like to hear and see his early years of performance and enjoy listening and watching him perform with his brother Tommy, whom I never got to meet.   It was Stanley's tune "SUGAR" , in the early 1970's, that made a musical difference for me.  Thanks again 'Doc'.

Comment by Christopher Dean Sullivan on June 5, 2018 at 5:27am

It is such a joy to see this video. For me having the opportunity to had played a couple of times with Stanley, and Tommy a couple of time, at a later time, and knowing and listening to Bobby Boswell while I was being raised and groomed in Pittsburgh is Beatifically Sublime. Thanks for posting this Brother Nelson. 

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