Oscar Pettiford Stories

"Oh, Oscar Pettiford. Oscar was great. In those days, you know, you go to after-hours clubs. Oscar, one time, wanted to take his own bass with him. So he took his bass. And the club got busted. Everybody is jumping out of windows. We all jumped out of windows. Except Oscar couldn't go 'cause his bass was more important than his life. It was somewhere in the Midwest. So we had to bail him out."

TERRY GIBBS from the Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s

Come see my tribute to
Oscar Pettiford:

October 15 - 8p
The LilyPad in Carmbridge, MA

October 28 - 830p
Rockwood Music Hall in NYC, NY
Twitter: @RockwoodNYC