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Philly jazz legend Jymie Merritt is featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America

Jymie Merritt
Jymie Merritt | photo courtesy of the artist

Longtime Philly jazz bassist Jymie Merritt was profiled on the most recent episode of NPR’s Jazz Night In America. The 89-year-old musician and composer is a legend in the world of jazz, but has always managed to remain somewhat behind the scenes — though he’s played with the likes of John Coltrane, B.B. King, and Dizzy Gillespie, Merritt has never released his own record as a bandleader.

The NPR Story, which will run this weekend and early next week, is built around a concert given by Merritt’s old band The Forerunners at World Cafe Live in January. Though Merritt is retired from playing, many of his old bandmates were on stage, and his son, Mike Merritt, took over on bass duties for the show. Continue reading →

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RSVP for Jazz Night In America tribute concert for Philly jazz legend Jymie Merritt

Jymie Merritt | Photo via http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2013/05/absolution-part-1-jymie-merritt.html
Jymie Merritt | Photo via http://www.bmansbluesreport.com/2013/05/absolution-part-1-jymie-merritt.html

Join WRTI, WXPN, the Philadelphia Jazz Project, and NPR Music’s Jazz Night in America, hosted by Christian McBride for a rare performance by The Forerunners playing the music of legendary Philly bassist Jymie Merritt. Merritt, whose career spans over 60 years, was known for his work with BB King, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Chet Baker, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, and many more, and is known as an innovative double and electric bassist, band leader, and composer. Continue reading →