Check out this tribute to legendary pianist Carl Perkins


From WFYI’s Echoes of Indiana Avenue: “For the next two weeks we’ll pay tribute to the legendary Indianapolis jazz pianist Carl Perkins. A star on the Avenue music scene during the late 40s and early ‘50s, Perkins left Naptown for California, becoming a significant player in the West Coast cool jazz scene. Perkins died tragically young, but he made dozens of recordings during his short life, and appeared on sessions with jazz greats.

Listen to Part 1 here:

Says WFYI: “Narrated by musician Herman "Butch" Slaughter and produced by Cultural Manifesto host Kyle Long, Echoes of Indiana Avenue is a weekly audio documentary from WFYI. Each episode focuses on the cultural achievements of Black artists and musicians from central Indiana.Also known as "Funky Broadway," "The Yellow Brick Road" and "The Grand Ol' Street," Indiana Avenue was the commercial and cultural hub for Black residents during the segregation era in Indianapolis. Decades of development and policy have erased many of the cultural landmarks of this area, but the impact of this vibrant community can still be felt today.”

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