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For Harry Whitaker

This show is in memory of Harry Whitaker who passed away last Wednesday. He was a great composer and arranger as well as a jazz pianist. Featured here is a rare and creative composition called Black Renaissance as well as a couple of tracks in a trio setting. According to what I have read, Harry died poor and without health insurance and never received the care he should have gotten in the last years of his life. This show is also dedicated to our friend Andres Chaparro who introduced me to Mr. Whitaker and has brought so many great artists to Hartford. One of those is Sharel Cassity, a young talented alto sax player who is also heard on this podcast.

Featured Album

Thoughts (Past and Present) on amazon.com

Track ~ Artist ~ Album
The Children and the Warlock ~ Harry Whitaker ~ Thoughts (Past and Present) Thoughts (Past and Present) - Harry Whitaker
Black Renaissance ~ Harry Whitaker ~ Black Renaissance-Body, Mind & Spirit
Flights of Mind ~ Harry Whitaker ~ Thoughts (Past and Present) Thoughts (Past and Present) - Harry Whitaker
Call to Order ~ Sharel Cassity ~ Relentless Relentless - Sharel Cassity
Monks Mood ~ Charles Lloyd Quartet ~ Mirror Mirror - Charles Lloyd Quartet
Green Dolphin Street ~ John Funkhouser Trio ~ Time Time - John Funkhouser Trio

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  • Etienne Lytle

    I am a full time working keyboardist from NY,who has(d) known “Harry” over 30yrs……I am(was) his sons(Marc)’ best friend ,and HS classmate (Music and Art 82 “) What makes this note difficult is the fact they both passed away just weeks apart from each other…..I love and miss them both……god bless them…… :-( ……

    Dec 2, 2010 at 8:40 pm
  • Al Drears

    I’m a friend of Etienne and Marc, and we are all dealing with the shock of having lost a high school friend, then to find out that his father passed away only a few weeks earlier. Etienne thanks for bringing this to my attention.

    Dec 2, 2010 at 10:31 pm
  • Kim Clarke

    Harry was a great musician and one of the nicest persons I’ve ever encountered. We performed on a QPTV show with the late Teri Thornton and drummer /producer Bernice Brooks in the 90s Ive known him since the early 80s

    Dec 3, 2010 at 5:58 am
  • Maureen Blain

    I was a friend of Marc Whitaker’s in HS and recently reconnected. Etienne and Al, I will also miss him. Thank you for introducing me to his father’s music. God Bless them both.

    Dec 4, 2010 at 1:09 pm
  • Luke Kaven

    Thank you for this thoughtful tribute.

    – Luke Kaven, Smalls Records

    Dec 10, 2010 at 7:31 am
  • Sa Mia Johnson

    Its very sad that a father and son died only 1 week apart. I will always have fond memories of Marc, though I had never met his dad, Marc spoke of him so much I feel as though I did. Great musicians great loss. My memories of high school will never be the same with Marc gone. Love you Marc and still missing you.

    Jan 14, 2011 at 4:47 pm
  • Brenda Levy

    It has been 9 months since both Harry and his wonderful son Marc passed away they are sorely missed by their friends and Marc’s daughter Aryal and me his other mother. Rest in Peace

    Aug 8, 2011 at 10:53 pm