Terry Gibbs recounts a story about Pettiford and his loyalty to his instrument.
"Oh, Oscar Pettiford. Oscar was great. In those days, you know, you go to afterhours 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
I'll be performing with my band Oscalypso, playing all Pettiford. Come down and hear the group.
OSCALYPSO: Erik Friedlander, cello; Michael Blake, saxophone; Trevor Dunn, bass; Michael Sarin, drums.
March 23, 830p
Rockwood Music Hall Stage #3
185 Orchard St,
New York, NY 10002