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Trudy Pitts with husband Mr. C at the Meiji-En Restaurant A dream gig might be this: three nights each week in a restaurant noted for its warmth, intimacy, musical freedom, and complete support for the artist. Sounds almost too good to be true, right? Well, in the City of Brotherly Love, the Meiji-En (thought to be the nation's biggest Japanese restaurant) offered such a piano trio gig to two of my favorite musicians, Trudy Pitts and Mr. C, and for the last five years it has seemed like a dream. I've been calling Trudy and Mr. C Philadelphia's best- kept secret, but the truth is that most people in the know have been hip to Trudy's piano and organ work and Mr. C's drumming and promoting for years. Trudy is a native Philadelphian who began playing piano at age six

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Article: Profile

Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici

Read "Johnathan Blake: un batterista ai vertici" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Accolto tra i lavori migliori dell'anno dalle massime riviste internazionali Homeward Bound, è il quarto disco di Johnathan Blake e il debutto con l'etichetta Blue Note. L'album ha finalmente evidenziato le doti di compositore e leader del 45enne batterista di Philadelphia, figlio del violinista John Blake Jr., noto partner di McCoy Tyner, Archie Shepp, James Newton, ...

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Article: Catching Up With

Immanuel Wilkins: Omega is Just the Beginning

Read "Immanuel Wilkins: Omega is Just the Beginning" reviewed by Mark Robbins and Derrick Lucas


Saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins, in the midst of celebrating the success of his debut album Omega (Blue Note, 2020), appeared at the 2021 Newport Jazz Festival as the leader of his own band. With his band of four years, Micah Thomas on piano, bassist Daryl Johns and drummer Kweku Sumbry, Wilkins performed pieces from Omega as well ...

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Article: Album Review

Roberto Magris: Shuffling Ivories

Read "Shuffling Ivories" reviewed by Jack Bowers


In 2018, while he was in Chicago to record his ninth album, Suite!, for JMood Records, pianist Roberto Magris was introduced by tenor saxophonist Mark Colby to bassist Eric Hochberg, an artist with whom Magris formed an almost immediate bond. After performing together at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, Magris and Hochberg decided they should record together, and ...

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Article: Interview

Pat Bianchi: B3 Master

Read "Pat Bianchi: B3 Master" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


It may be that young Pat Bianchi had little choice but to follow a career in music. After all, his father and both his grandfathers played professionally in his hometown of Rochester, NY, an area that also produced the likes of the Mangione brothers (Chuck and Gap), pianist Frank Strazzeri, saxophonist Gerry Niewood and drum legend ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

These Leos Are Jazz Lions

Read "These Leos Are Jazz Lions" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


Some heavyweight birthdays in this mid-August broadcast, which included new releases from saxophonist Ben Flocks, songwriter Mark Winkler and guitarist Paul Silbergleit with celebratory shout outs to songwriter Bernice Petkere, Benny Carter and organist Trudy Pitts in the first hour, Roberta Piket, Jeri Southern, Howard Johnson and Regina Carter in the second hour, Abbey Lincoln in ...

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Article: Interview

Joey DeFrancesco: From Musical Prodigy to Jazz Icon

Read "Joey DeFrancesco: From Musical Prodigy to Jazz Icon" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


Joey DeFrancesco is a true master of the jazz organ, the one others look up to as the standard bearer, as was his inspirational hero, Jimmy Smith. Arguably, he could be dubbed the Mozart of the jazz organ, since like Mozart, he seemed to have been born with all the music already in him. By four, ...

News: Video / DVD

Video: Trudy Pitts

Video: Trudy Pitts

Trudy Pitts was not as well known as Shirley Scott or as thoroughly recorded, but the organist was just as potent. In fact, it's fair to say she was scantily recorded. She recorded just seven leadership albums compared with Scotts' several dozen. A special thanks to Andrew J. Sordoni III, who sent along a link to ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh

Read "Honoring Aretha & Timeless Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh" reviewed by Mary Foster Conklin


This week we remember the legendary Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in the second hour and enjoy a sampling of standards with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh plus songs by women who wrote with pianist Jimmy Rowles whose centennial is being celebrated this year. Playlist Lynne Arriale “Woodstock" from Give Us These Days ...

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Article: Interview

Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community

Read "Jeff Duperon: Building a Jazz Bridge for Musicians and the Community" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


[For almost fifteen years, Philadelphia's Jazz Bridge has been providing funds and services to professional jazz and blues musicians in need. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, Jazz Bridge will hold its annual fundraiser at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn's Landing. There will be food, drink, fun, and an opportunity to meet the musicians. The honorary ...


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