8 09 2012

The Painted Note Gallery

The history of 20th century music is littered with tragically hip characters — musical geniuses that self destructed or were cut down at a young age. Blues great Robert Johnson was just 27 when he died in 1938. Hank Williams was 29 when he OD’d in 1953, Charlie Parkerwas 34 when he checked out in 1955. The 1960s contributed Brian Jones and Otis Redding to the list.  No decade saw the loss of more prominent musicians than the 1970s. Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Elvis, Joplin, Duane Allman, Tommy Bolin, Jim Croce, Lowell George, Keith Moon and Lee Morgan were all taken in the ’70s. What’s that? You recognize all of these names EXCEPT Lee Morgan?

Lee Morgan’s story is a modern American Greek Tragedy.  Introduced to the trumpet at age 13, Morgan takes a few lessons with Clifford Brown — who influenced a generation of jazz trumpeters despite…

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