In Memory of Phil Schaap

Photo by the late Ed Berger I write with a heavy heart today after learning of the passing of the great Phil Schaap, who was among many things, a historian, record producer, jazz archivist, radio DJ, and collector of all the world’s most obscure knowledge all contained within his photographic memory. I first encountered the name Phil Schaap in one of my favorite childhood books Charlie Parker Played Bebop. That book was among the first that I “learned” to read (more likely that I memorized it after the many times my mom would read it to me) and little did I know that, the man who that book was dedicated to would in a few years be one of the people at Jazz at Lincoln Center who I greatly admired.

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