Pharez Whitted '82 Releases New CD, Transient Journey

Pharez Whitted '82 Releases New CD, Transient Journey

July 7, 2010

Pharez Whitted 010.jpgJuly 7, 2010, Greencastle, Ind. — "It has been 14 years since Chicago trumpeter Pharez Whitted put out a recording as bandleader -- practically an eternity in the music business," notes the Chicago Tribune.  The compact disc, Transient Journey, "represents a major event in his artistic life," writes Howard Reich. "It's also a significant development for anyone who values the most serious forms of jazz improvisation and composition."

Whitted, a 1982 graduate of DePauw University, tells the newspaper his new disc is "about the ever-changing stages we go through in life, how they effect us, how we come out of them -- or not ... But I wanted to say something that will project hope, even encouragement. And I think music has an important role in doing that. It's not just about bringing people in to see an ugly situation -- it's also to help people get through that situation, or others like it."

He adds, "It's not gospel music, but it should heal."

You'll find the complete feature at the pharez-whitted-transient-journey.jpgTribune's Web site.

Whitted, an assistant professor of music at Chicago State University, has collaborated with Bradford Marsalis, George Duke, John Mellencamp, Lou Rawls, The O'Jays, The Dells, and the Temptations. He's 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 previously released two compact discs on the Motown/Mojazz record label. 

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