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Jazzman Pharez Whitted

David Brent Johnson interviews jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator Pharez Whitted.

Pharez Whitted wearing eyeglasses

Photo: Andrew Scalini

Pharez Whitted

Jazz is creative. It represents life. It’s as evolving as we are. [It] never dies—unless we die.  But as long as we’re living, jazz will live.

Pharez Whitted has performed with such notables as Wynton and Branford Marsalis, John Mellencamp, The Temptations, The O’Jays, Lou Rawls, and Ramsey Lewis.

An Indianapolis native, he received his musical education at DePauw University and the IU Jacobs School of Music and is director of jazz studies at Chicago State University.

Whitted wrote, produced, and arranged on his two compact discs for Motown, Pharez Whitted and Mysterious Cargo, and co-produced the album People Make the World Go ‘Round. (repeat)

Music Heard On This Episode

Mysterious Cargo
Pharez Whitted
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Mysterious Cargo
Pharez Whitted
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