Trudy Pitts, the Philadelphia jazz organist and the last woman standing in a proud tradition that includes the late Jimmy Smith, Shirley Scott, Charles Earland, Jimmy McGriff and Bill Doggett and the two survivng DeFrancescos - Papa John and his son Joey - died of pancreatic cancer last weekend at 78. Her obituary by Dan Hardy and Vernon Clark is here, and an appreciation by David Adler is here.
In the last months of her life, Pitts recorded a great deal of Christmas music at Turtle Studios in Old City, and her family is seeing fit to release it, "both to spread the joy and also as a means to raise some funds for her memorial." She sounds great on the set of Xmas standards streaming below, particularly the way she wails away on "Silent Night," equal parts churchy and jazzy in all the right places. Go to her web page here to buy the music. All proceeds go to her memorial fund.
Previously: Kanye's Christmas In Harlem