Thursday, September 20, 2007
Herb Pomeroy memorial
300 people reunited at Boston's Emmanuel Church to remember the trumpeter and jazz educator Herb Pomeroy who had died in August at the age of 77, as Peter Sworm reports ( Boston Globe ). Overcome by grief, Steve Kuhn had to stop his address, so he went to the piano and played a sad song. Singer Rebecca Parris remembered how Pomeroy's criticisms were always productive, never hurtful. Pomeroy had played with Charlie Parker, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins and Lionel Hampton during his career. Phil Wilson honored his work as an educator at a time when jazz still was a four-letter word at universities.