The Trip

Art Pepper

Central Ave grad

Art Pepper Quartet (May 9, 1964):

Personnel:

Art Pepper, alto saxophone
Frank Strazzeri, piano
Fred Marshall, bass
Bill Goodwin, drums

Pepper grew up in Los Angeles and as a young kid was mesmerized by the rich music music scene on Central Avenue which embraced him and encouraged his talent.

Other musicians nurtured by the scene which ran from approximately 1920 to 1955 included Eric Dolphy, Chico Hamilton, and Charles Mingus.

The scene is mostly gone but fourteen albums contain the name “Central Avenue” in their titles, including CDs by Pete Johnson, Nat King Cole, Big Jay McNeely, Jack McVea, Big Joe Turner, Teddy Wilson and Savoy Records