Happy 90th birthday to bassiet Jymie Merritt

unnamed (3)The great Philly bassist Jymie Merritt celebrates his 90th birthday today! Jymie solidified his place in jazz history as a member of Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers from 1958-1963, a period during which the band recorded a remarkable run of Blue Note classics including Moanin’, The Big Beat, A Night In Tunisia, Mosaic & more. Jymie still composes music for The Forerunners, the band he founded that is currently led by his son (& bassist) Mike. NPR Jazz Night In America recently honored Jymie.