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