You know who I mean--imaginative folks with chops for days who choose to keep the homefires burning strong. Stalwarts on a local scene that for whatever reason keep it local--they have close families or enjoy teaching or don't want the rigors of the road or the stress of bandleading on any scale. My home for 30 years was near Philly so here are some of those.
Pat Martino Kinda cheating here--Mr. Martino has a national rep, still tours extensively and has made quite a few outstanding recordings.: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/pat-m...83/discography So why is he here? Because a warmer, more personable gent who has been a mentor /instructor to generations of budding/new Philly players would be impossible to find. As his bio shows, he overcame a cripplling brain condition to re-learn it all so he well knows the rigors and terrors and frustrations of learning, adultly and personally: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat_Martino Here's a short docu on him: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_GaAvByI34
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SEUQI5IcyRY << a 1+ hour concert overseas. The thing is, I've seen him in a Philly tavern on a cold, rainy November night with maybe 25 folks in the joint...and he still brought all the skill, all the magic. And on break went around talking with the crowd...2 days later he's wowing thousands at a festival in Japan. What a guy.
In a Latin groove: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3Mgy...32oEz5RXVoO0by and another: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFpy04lpUOE
Blazin' and burnin': http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUw85Ue6ibw and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTuMY9N49wc
A ballad: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1Aszp3Fpkg
I don't mean this Thread to be me-centric or Philly-centric. Y'all folks have your candidates--put'm up--we'd all love to hear. I'm especially talking to folks in Europe, Asia, Australia--wherever jazz is played ...and that's everywhere.