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Pride of Newark

In the wake of Jimmy Smith’s breakout success, the Hammond B-3 roster circa 1960 included Jack McDuff, Jimmy McGriff, Don Patterson, Baby Face Willette, Freddie Roach, and Shirley Scott. Because these keyboard artists were important to the working-class Black community, making music steeped in the blues and suitable for dancing, their monumental contribution to American culture was often dismissed as “grits ’n’ gravy” and remains somewhat ignored in the jazz history textbooks.

A native of Newark, New Jersey, Larry Young started his career aligned with the Smith aesthetic but soon

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