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Herman Chittison


Herman “Ivory” Chittison was an American jazz pianist.

He began his career in Zack Whyte's territory band in Ohio in 1928. In the early 1930s he moved to New York and found work as an accompanist to Ethel Waters, Adelaide Hall, and Clarence Williams. He also visited Boston for the first time with a traveling show headlined by comic actor Stepin Fetchit. In late 1933 he went to Europe with the Willie Lewis Orchestra and toured Europe with them; the following year he recorded with Louis Armstrong in Paris. He and Bill Coleman led the Harlem Rhythm Makers. Herman Chittison and trumpeter Bill Coleman left Lewis in 1938 and formed a band that worked extensively in Cairo and traveled as far east as India

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Herman Chittison: Pride of Stride

Herman Chittison: Pride of Stride

On Monday, when I posted my 2011 interview with Chick Corea, a comment Chick made echoed. It grabbed me when I originally wrote up the interview 10 years ago, but because I was too busy editing the text and preparing it for posting, I forgot to follow up. It was one of those situations where you ...


Article: Interview

Chick Corea: Creative Giant

Read "Chick Corea: Creative Giant" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Virtuosity is a beautiful thing. One would somehow like to believe that anybody can learn how to play any given instrument with delicate, enchanting energy; but truth be told, some are simply born with a gift that most can only dream of. The ability to amaze others through music, enriching the hearts and widening the creative ...


Article: Interview

Robin D.G. Kelley on Thelonious Monk: The Man, the Myth, the Music

Read "Robin D.G. Kelley on Thelonious Monk: The Man, the Myth, the Music" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer

Robin D.G. Kelley is the author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press, 2009), the already definitive biography that has received rave reviews in the press and is the topic of conversation of Monk fans and musicians everywhere. Kelley offers the rich perspective of an African-American historian ...


P.S. With Love

Label: IAJRC
Released: 1993


My Own Blues / Medley

Label: IAJRC
Released: 1938


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