Hey Artie, Its great to meet both you and your talented wife Linda here at Stan's Place. Your bio is truly amazing. You were at all the right places at the right time. lol But it more than pure luck. To go the distance that you have, you have to be good. Plain and simple. What a lifetime full of of music you have had. From gigs to arranging and writing for studio, Films and TV. You have done it all ! Would love to hear more please keep in touch. - Louis
I lived in Union/Irvington between 1957 and 1980, so a bit after you. I lived with my Grandparents at that time and I remember many trips to Olympic Park. Also, we used to bring our sleds over to the steep hill at Irvington Hospital on Chancellor Ave. When you were still living in NJ/Irvington, did you ever get to go to the Cove in Roselle Park, NJ? The Morris Nanton Trio?
You, Sarah Vaughan, Wayne Shorter and my Mom went to Arts High! My Uncle Phil was the bartender at The Cove for 20+ years. I think that's the only reason I was allowed to sneak in there when I was under age.
My Mom was not a musician or in the arts. She went to Arts High School because she was very sick; born with a bad heart. I believe Arts High was the only school in Newark with an elevator, so that's where she was allowed to attend and graduate. I'm going to say she graduated in 1950 or '51. Sorry I wasn't clear about that. My adoptive Mom is a musician (vocalist Rebecca Parris), but she is originally from the Boston area.
Though I never met him, I heard about the famous Chris Columbo for many years and of course, Sonny Payne! A friend of mine knew him quite well - pianist George Mesterhazy, who is originally from the Atlantic City area and still living down in S. Jersey (Cape May). George played the casinos for many years and most recently, was the late Shirley Horn's musical director/pianist when she could no longer play. Another person from A.C. I personally knew, I met through Sarah Vaughan - Carlos (and I"m forgetting his last name). He was involved with the A.C. musicians' union local for many years.
I'm guessing there isn't much jazz out your way these days. What was the name of the club - The 4 Queens? They used to have jazz regularly back in the 90's? I did get to hear Buddy Rich's big band at Joey Diamond's 500 Club or something like that back in the 70's in A.C. I'm assuming by then you had moved from N.J.?
my gig last sat .michael ray tyler trmp,bob scann trom,ty lemley bass,george pollock piano,bruce harper drums,&me.it was great.the way we played behind jeannie and our own personal solos was fantastic.see ya, don
George plays just about 6 nights a week at The Merion Inn in Cape May and does occasional gigs here and there, but the Merion Inn is a full time commitment until the end of the year each year. He's also now teaching at a local college and is really enjoying that.
I haven't taken the plunge to visit Vegas just yet. I have so many friends in the L.A. area that I have a difficult time going elsewhere.
I'm going to L.A. Thursday for a memorial service/tribute for pianist Gerry Wiggins, who passed away on July 13. Just going for 5 days. I'm assuming you get to L.A. more often since your children are there. Thursday evening, I'm going to hear Don Menza, Tom Ranier, etc. at Charlie O's in Van Nuys.
Hi Arthur, We're very sorry to hear about the loss of your friend Joe. Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you all his family and friends. He was an amazing drummer, from the old school, when the big bands ruled. May all the wonderful memories you've shared with Joe help you through this sad time, and may God’s Peace Surround You. - Louis and Eva
Hey Arthur....how are ya?:) I know I have been a stranger in these parts compared to my everyday, sometimes twice a day refuge. School has evolved into this big giant that I must slay...lol AND I will:)) It leaves me very little time to think to do much else, but this too shall pass. Have an excellent weekend cause we almost there..hehe. I vow to myself (fingers crossed;) ) to take one day off (-:0
I'm back from L.A. and while there for my friend Gerry Wiggins' memorial/tribute, I did get out to Charlie O's in the Valley and heard a killin' group led by Don Menza, with Tom Ranier, Bill Riechenbach (sp?), Chris Conner and Steve Schaeffer.
Hey Arthur:) I saw your light on when I signed in and stopped in to say hello. I actually have time to travel around the MANY music nets and get some good listening in. Have an excellent weekend my friend....blessings to y'all(-:O
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