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Trudy Pitts: Extraordinary Pianist & Master of the Hammond B-3

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[The following is an excerpt from Pheralyn Dove's forthcoming memoir, No Time for Tears: A Book of True Life Stories, and the chapter titled “Today I Cried."]The Student Meets the MasterTalking to keyboardist Trudy Pitts is like going on an adventure. It's the type of escapade where wanderlust, laughter and discovery are all intertwined. Whether on the telephone or in person, the discourse is utterly unpredictable, always exciting. I remember one night we were on the phone, reminiscing about when we met back in 1985. It was during my first month on the job as the ...

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Trudy Pitts and Nancy Wilson Open 2006-07 Mellon Jazz Fridays at the Kimmel Center

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Trudy Pitts and Nancy Wilson Mellon Jazz Fridays The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia September 15, 2006

The atrium lobby of the Kimmel Center was crowded and abuzz with excitement because it was the first “Mellon Jazz Friday of the season, and furthermore, it was the occasion of Trudy Pitts' daring initiation of the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ as a jazz instrument, and, in addition, Nancy Wilson, one of the all-time great vocalists, with many connections to Philadelphia, was featured on the bill. The atmosphere became even warmer when a young lady in the ...

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Trudy Pitts: Meeting the Next Keyboard Challenge

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On September 15, 2006, Trudy Pitts will have the distinction of being the first jazz musician to perform on the spectacular new organ in Verizon Hall, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, in a concert opposite the great singer Nancy Wilson. The largest concert organ in the United States, officially known as The Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ (Dobson organ Op. 76), it was designed and constructed by the great organ builder, Lynn Dobson, and his incredible crew from Lake City, Iowa, and first used in classical concerts in May, 2006.

It is a massive state ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trudy Pitts/Pat Martino: Legends Of Acid Jazz

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Super spy Austin Powers would dig this ---- yeah baby! This CD is one of twenty-five in Prestige's new Legends Of Acid Jazz series. These reissues celebrate that funky, far-out time in the early-60s and 70s when soul-jazz enjoyed enormous, if brief, popularity. All feature ersatz psychedelic cover art and each single disc often contains two full-length LPs. For example, Trudy Pitts/Pat Martino combines two albums recorded by Prestige in 1967--Introducing The Fabulous Trudy Pitts and These Blues Of Mine. The material ranges all the way from cheesy pop covers ( Eleanor Rigby ), to swank lounge-jazz ( Steppin' In ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Trudy Pitts/Pat Martino: Legends of Acid Jazz

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Organist Trudy Pitts, who still lives and plays in Philadelphia, is a classically trained pianist whose lounge-jazz organ style was captured on four Prestige albums during 1967-68. Legends of Acid Jazz: Trudy Pitts/Pat Martino collects the first two of these, Introducing the Fabulous Trudy Pitts and These Blues of Mine.Like Shirley Scott and Gloria Coleman, two other women organists in jazz, Pitts brings an appealing sensitivity to her clunky, domineering instrument. But, unlike Scott and Coleman, Pitts tends to take her church pipe-organ warmth toward an easy-going sound often heard in hotel bars and ritzy lounges.That ...



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