Following my post on Sonny Stitt two weeks ago, I received an email from reader Joel Lewis. In his note, Joel mentioned underground comic-book writer Harvey Pekar, whose life's struggles were the basis of American Splendor (2003), a must-see film starring Paul Giamatti. The point of Joel's note was to hip me to a series of ingenious frames from one of Pekar's strips that mentioned Stitt and his proclivity for cranking out similar-sounding albums in the 1960s and 1970s. (Pekar's latest book can be found at Amazon.) Here are the Stitt frames...
Learning Jazz gave me a masters degree in music. Jazz is American Classical Music, came
out of a need to be heard, to be understood, a voice when black America did not have one.
This is why the music is more than just an art form, it was created from blood, guts and heart
of those who suffered in this world. Its not to be taken lightly. If you do take it lightly it will
never sound right. Thank you to all the courageous musicians who made the world hear
them, their innovation came out of their experiences of the time that they lived. A treasure to
the world. American Classical Music. Imitate, Assimilate, Innovate a quote by Clark Terry.