With Pat, Folk City, 1/1/73, 3:20 A.M.
A few weeks later, on the day the Paris Peace
Accords (ending the Vietnam War) were signed,
I traveled from New York to Philly for my first lesson.
Pat Azzara, the Wunderkind, was socially as well as professionally surrounded by almost every cat to whose collective legacy this site is dedicated, most notably John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery. They guided him, taught him, shaped him. In the early '60s, they constituted his musical milieu, even if it changed and he with it to become a major guide, teacher, and life-shaper himself.