Even if you don’t know Sidney Catlett (1910-1951, possibly the greatest percussionist in jazz) and his living son — a famous basketball player — you owe it to yourself to read this very touching article about son and father finding one another in ways that transcend the ordinary.
Here are two links to the Washington Post article — and jazz fans will find the name of the author a special bonus. I’m going to go through my day hearing in my head the sound of Spencer Clark (bass saxophone) in a trio with Erroll Garner and Sidney.
Imagine what it feels like to hear your father’s voice for the first time when you are in your fifties:
And Sidney’s musical voice still reverberates for the rest of us:
WHAT WOULD BIG SID DO? ALL MONEY GOES TO THE MUSICIANS.
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