Trudy Pitts

Jazz is a phenomenon. Not only is jazz a phenomenon,
it’s an element that was created that almost lacks
definition. Because it’s endless.

  • Name: Trudy Pitts
  • Born: August 10, 1932
  • Died: December 19, 2010 (Age 78)
  • From: Philadelphia, PA
  • Occupation: Musician
  • Works: Women’s Jazz Organ Summit, Philly Jazz 4 – Interview, 1958 recording 
  • Known For: Trudy Pitts & Mr. Carney: “I Really Mean It” // “Theme From Exodus” (Coral 62330, 1962), Trudy Pitts & Mr. Carney: “Meetin’ Place” // “Swingin’ Bonnie” (Coral 62347, 1963), “Steppin’ In Minor” // “Take Five” (Prestige PR 45-448, 1967), “Bucket Full Of Soul” // “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” (Prestige PR 45-461, 1968), “Trudy ‘N’ Blue, Part 1” // “Trudy ‘N’ Blue, Part 2” (Prestige PR 45-705, 1968)

Born in Philly, Trudy performed around the world, and also with her husband Bill (Mr C) Carney (drummer). Before teaming up with Trudy, Mr. C worked with Shirley Scott (organist) who was born in Philly. Trained as a musician and a music educator, Pitts studied at the Philadelphia Musical Academy, Temple University and Juilliard, as well as other institutions. Early work experience included a position as an assistant to the pianist in the Tony Award-winning musical Raisin.  On September 15, 2006, Pitts was the first jazz artist to play a concert on Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center’s 7,000 pipe organ, “taking the medium to a whole new level”


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