I saw this among the wall of photos in the lobby of Fishman’s Fabrics on South DesPlaines in Chicago. I had to take a photo of the 40’s era publicity shot of Gloria Parker, Princess of the Marimba. Turns out she has quite the musical legacy and had her own radio show on ABC from 1950-57.
Record Store Day brought an old teacher back to me, one who is no longer with us. It reminded me of all the opportunities I wasted for lack of self-confidence. So many things I could have learned if I had been open and willing. Let me push myself today and everyday after, as I try to honor the knowledge and traditions all my teachers have done their best to impart.
It also put Roy Haynes’ Just Us in my hands in cd form. Chicago’s own Eddie DeHaas is on bass. I used to get to hear Eddie at the Bop Shop jam sessions on Tuesday nights, with Rusty Jones on drums, way back in the day. It was a pleasure to hear Eddie’s playing again and Roy is absolutely killing on this recording.