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Old 02-20-2011, 02:16 PM
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Lightbulb Lynn Oliver Studios.. the beginning

This is where I started (check out all the pics) in late 1968 while still in High School, The Lynn Oliver Studios.

I played all the great charts in the Big Band Workshop there which I can now say with great confidence that was my most important training in musicianship.

I won my audition with Horace Silver there and did a demo recording with Abbey Lincoln with Wayne Shorter as arranger and handed me my part. I sat in with Mongo Santamaria there who later hired me briefly and also met and sat in with Sonny Rollins. I even did a Big Band job with Lynn Oliver on Drums at my side. All of this happened while I was still a teenager. Talk about opportunities!

Horace Silver w/ Lynn Oliver;
Paul Chambers;
Richard Davis;
Bob Cranshaw w/Duke Pearson;
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Old 02-20-2011, 02:58 PM
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great pictures ken, thanks for showing
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Old 02-20-2011, 06:28 PM
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:58 AM
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Yeah, Ken, that is great. It's always very enjoyable for me to see the history of our music like that. Especially since I missed most of it by not being born yet.
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