Celebrating the Life and Music of Hod O'Brien

January 19, 1936 - November 20, 2016

Unsung hero of Jazz... master of classic bebop piano.”

— Scott Yanow, L.A. Scene

A masterful bop-based improviser... his lines unfolding with an impressive blend of precision and propulsive swing.”

— Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

A most extraordinary distinguished musician... second generation of bebop pianomen... more elegant expression - his stroke is both stringent and sparkling... he creates intimacy. ”

— Boris Rabinowitsch, Politiken, Copenhagen, Denmark

The best bebop pianist this side of Barry Harris. ”

— Len Dobbin, The Montreal Mirror

“This book is not intended to be a strictly biographical text, but, rather a collection of funny, little incidents and stories I’ve witnessed and heard along my way, on my path as a freelance jazz musician over the past 60 years of my professional life.

It’s intended mostly for fans of mine, whomever and wherever you all are, and fellow musicians, who might be interested in hearing a little bit more about me from another perspective, rather than from just my music and recordings alone. . . . The jazz community is a small, but hip part of the world, of which I’m happy and proud to be a member, and to whom I wish to express my deep gratitude — to those of you in it and interested in my work.”

“This book is not intended to be a strictly biographical text, but, rather a collection of funny, little incidents and stories I’ve witnessed and heard along my way, on my path as a freelance jazz musician over the past 60 years of my professional life.

It’s intended mostly for fans of mine, whomever and wherever you all are, and fellow musicians, who might be interested in hearing a little bit more about me from another perspective, rather than from just my music and recordings alone. . . . The jazz community is a small, but hip part of the world, of which I’m happy and proud to be a member, and to whom I wish to express my deep gratitude — to those of you in it and interested in my work.”