Pettiford sometimes felt that he didn't get the credit he deserved. Despite this prickly personality he is responsible for some of the sunniest music from the 50s.
Dizzy said, ”Oscar was really bull-headed, he used to quit all the time. I told him one time, ‘Look, I was in New York before you got here. I’ll be here when you’re gone.’ He was winning all the polls, I called him a prima donna. He said, ‘I quit’, and I said, “let the doorknob git you in the back, baby’”
Dizzy Gillespie from Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s