“By the spring of 1956 Pettiford’s reign as house leader and musical director at the Cafe Bohemia had come to an end. What looked like an ideal set-up soon exploded when Oscar started running up bar bills in excess of his salary.”
(Joop Visser “Oscar rides Again” multi-cd set)
After touring Europe in 1958 with a package show called “Jazz from Carnegie Hall” featuring Kenny Clarke, Lee Konitz, J.J. Johnson and Zoot Sims, Pettiford decided to stay in Europe where he lived, played, toured and taught until his death in 1960.
COME SEE MY TRIBUTE TO OSCAR PETTIFORD:
This Wednesday Night!
OSCALYPSO: Erik Friedlander, cello; Michael Blake, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Michael Sarin, drums.