* Willie Anderson * Detroit Piano Wizard

By Jim Gallert with Lars Bjorn When Detroit pianists are discussed, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Roland Hanna, and Hank Jones are always mentioned.[1] If the participants are in-the-know, the names of Terry Pollard, Harold McKinney, and Kenn Cox could pop up.[2] Willie Anderson (1924-1971) seldom is included. For thirty years preceding his death at ageContinue reading “* Willie Anderson * Detroit Piano Wizard”

Phil Lasley: Alto Attitude

By Jim Gallert Phelbert Quincy Lasley III, (1940-2018) came of age during the 1950s. The 1950s were Detroit’s Golden Age of jazz, and he heard many great musicians like Barry Harris and Yusef Lateef before they left town. His family came to Detroit from Kentucky during the 1920s looking for work. When Phil was bornContinue reading “Phil Lasley: Alto Attitude”