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Trudy Pitts Carney, 78, a Philadelphia-born jazz organist, pianist, and vocalist who played with many jazz greats over a career that spanned more than four decades, died of pancreatic cancer Sunday, Dec. 19, at Chestnut Hill Hospital. She played with jazz greats John Coltrane and Rahsaan Roland Kirk, among others, her daughter said. Actually, she didn't play with them; they played with her. Just about whoever you could mention played with her." Click here for complete obituary from philly.com.
When organist and pianist Trudy Pitts Carney died Sunday, Dec. 19, of cancer at age 78, Philadelphia lost a vital part of its storied musical heritage. For up-and-coming jazz musicians, it means one less point of contact with old Philadelphia"the term pianist Orrin Evans uses for a fading system of mentorship, in which players were taught to master the tradition, but to find their own voice.Click herefor complete followup story from philly.com. Trudy Pitts Christmas (Video)
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.