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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 it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open