“The musical legacy of Wes Montgomery, Freddie Hubbard and J.J. Johnson factored significantly in the founding of Indy Jazz Fest in 1999.
Guitarist Montgomery, trumpet player Hubbard and trombone player Johnson rose from mid-20th century nightclubs along Indiana Avenue to become international bebop stars. (Hubbard, left, and Montgomery are pictured on the side of the Musicians’ Repair & Sales shop, 332 N. Capitol Ave.) For the 17th edition of Indy Jazz Fest, trumpet player Pharez Whitted supplies a strong link to hometown greatness.
Performing Sept. 13 at Indiana Landmarks Center, Whitted grew up in Indianapolis the son of late Hampton Sisters performer Virtue Hampton Whitted and the nephew of two-time Grammy-winning trombone player Slide Hampton. Whitted has played with Branford and Wynton Marsalis, Ramsey Lewis and John Mellencamp, and he presently serves as director of jazz studies at Chicago State University.“