This is part of the "GGS Legacy Composers Series" and is partially funded by The National Endowment for the Arts.
The Fifty Second Street Story · Under the picture in my high school yearbook it said, "Silence id golden". Lost my diploma on the way home from graduation but I knew what I wanted to be:"A Big Band Pianist". Started hanging out in Manhattan on Fifty Second Street. There were seven jazz clubs in one block, between Sixth and Seventh. Couldn't drink at seventeen so just nursed cokes at a dollar each. My salary was twenty a week. Sat by the great Art Tatum, the incredibgle blind pianist. My teacher accompanied Bellie at the Onyx. Later, Dizzy and Bird appeared on the scene. This wonderful year passed, and I swapped my piano for a rifle. The Marines had plans for me. Where would I find a piano? Would I still be able to play? But, find them I did: in the States and even on some Pacific Islands. Sometimes you could even recognize what you were playing. Sometimes, had to kick someone off the bench. Last year, I told Kim my stories and somehow she made these wonderful lyrics with just a few phone conversations. Hey! I'm immortal!!! · Dick Thompson ·
Contents: 52nd Street Swing · Remembering Billie · One the Road · Take Five ·