I am a fan of jazz music :swing, traditional or classic , fusion ,bebop,cool jazz . I was introduced to the music by my home room teacher, the late Mr. Eddie D. Walker , who loved piano jazz ,and made attempts to play the work of Ahmad Jamal, Count Basie and Oscar Peterson.
In 1959-63 ,while a student at Fort Valley State College ,Fort Valley , Georgia I "discovered "the "Down Beat" Magazine and began to read about Charlie "Birdland " Parker , John "Trane " Coltrane, Theolonous Monk, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn , Nancy Wilson ,Cannonball and Nat Adderly , Dave Brubek,Bill Evans , Joe Zawinul,David "Fat Head "Newman and many ,many others.....
In 1968 ,while at Indiana University ,David Baker, Chair of the Jazz Program ,invited the legendary jazz pianist, Oscar Peterson to the campus ,follwing the untimely murder of Dr. Martin Luther King .Jr. As a part of that memorable concert, Oscar Peterson played a riviting musical tribute to the slain international leader. I don't recall the actual title .
Miami Springs High
Miami Northwestern High
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