Chicago Tribune Notes "Sheer Power" of "Sonically Impressive" Pharez Whitted '82

Chicago Tribune Notes "Sheer Power" of "Sonically Impressive" Pharez Whitted '82

January 8, 2010

Pharez Whitted sc 2009.jpgJanuary 8, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "What happens when two larger-than-life Chicago players meet up onstage?," asks the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich in a preview of performances tonight and tomorrow night by Pharez Whitted and Ron Perrillo at Andy's Jazz Club. "Pianist Perrillo and trumpeter Whitted should answer the question, for each commands a sound and a technique greater than what his reputation might suggest." Whitted is a 1982 graduate of DePauw University.

Reich adds, "Perrillo pairs a fleet keyboard virtuosity with great harmonic daring. Whitted's sheer power makes him one of the most sonically impressive trumpeters this side of Jon Faddis. In a way, their duetting will represent a 21st century response to a Chicago trumpet-piano partnership of a much earlier era: Louis Armstrong and Earl Hines."

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Pharez Whitted has collaborated with Bradford Marsalis, George Duke, John Mellencamp, Lou Rawls, The O'Jays, The Dells, and the Temptations. Whitted also performed on TV's Arsenio Hall Show, and has been featured on the Billboard Music Awards, MTV and BET. As a solo artist, he has released two compact discs on the Motown/Mojazz record label. He is an assistant professor of music at Chicago State University.

After graduating from the DePauw University School of Music, Whitted earned a master's degree from Indiana University.

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