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Orrin Evans Remembers Charles Fambrough

The pianist on the bassist who died last New Year's Day

Charles Fambrough
Orrin Evans

I was only 19, but somehow I was booking and managing a venue in Philadelphia called the Blue Moon Jazz Club. I showed up one night for a show featuring a bassist I knew very little about at the time. His name was Kevin Bruce Harris and I was really looking forward to checking him out. But as I walked in the door everyone looked frantic! Kevin wasn’t going to make it and the band (Uri Caine, Steve Wilson and Ralph Peterson) was working out a replacement to make sure the gig still happened. After the storm calmed and everybody was laughing and joking, I thought it was safe to open my mouth and be a manager.

“Excuse me, sir, who is coming to replace Kevin Bruce Harris this evening, so that I can post his name properly on the sign outside?”

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