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Wendell Harrison, Phil Ranelin and Tribe

Wendell Harrison (with bassist Rod Hicks)
The Tribe gathers (left to right): Wendell Harrison, Ron Johnson, Phil Ranelin, Lopez Leon, Harold McKinney, Vaughn Andre, Charles Moore.
Phil Ranelin

Wendell Harrison ponders the pile of memorabilia sprawling across his ancient dining room table. Old album covers, posters, a big stack of magazines, a smattering of program books lay in a jumble around the Detroit reed master, all testifying to a bygone era of Motor City jazz and one of its seminal, albeit long gone, organizations: Tribe. Harrison laughs his big laugh and shakes his head in amazement.

“We had a lot of balls back in those days,” he says, eyeing the pile in front of him.

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