A public thank you is in order to those who have given freely of their time to help me compile what I hope are useful tools for anyone who wants to know more about Scott LaFaro and his contribution to jazz.
First, I must thank:
Helene LaFaro Fernandez, Scott's older sister, for sharing her memories of her brother as well as photographs, recordings, and letters.
Win Hinkle, musician, webmaster and editor, for allowing me some cyberspace on his Bill Evans Jazz Resource
Barrie Kolstein, for showing me the Prescott (LaFaro) bass he and his father, Samuel Kolstein, lovingly restored.
And give special thanks as well to:
Gail Brown-Kirk for her recollections of Scott when they were students at Geneva High School.
Suzanne Stewart-Knight for memories of the times they performed together in Ithaca and also as members of the Buddy Morrow Orchestra.
Tony Mele for telling me about his conversations with Scott in Ithaca and New York.
Thanks also to some of Scott's most enthusiastic fans for their invaluable suggestions, corrections, anecdotes, musings, and overall appreciation of this web site:
Harvey Bloomfield (his Chet Baker web site)
Royston Edwards (see his drawing of Scott)
Manny Fernandez (see his poster-painting of Scott)
Dave Green (for several Down Beat articles and reviews that mention Scott)
Steven D. Harris (his Stan Kenton web site)
Kohji 'Shaolin' Matsubayshi (for comments on Complete Live at the Village Vanguard 1961)
If your name is not listed above, it is due to my oversight. Please accept my apology for having forgotten to mention you in the wake of wanting to list everyone who has helped me with this page.
And my sincere appreciation goes out to the following individuals for their technical and materiel contributions to this site:
'Blasko Camberwell' of the UK, who sent me an audio cassette copy of 2 Trumpet Geniuses of the '50s: Brownie and Chet, with Phil Urso, tenor; Lawrence Marable, drums; Belgian pianist, Francy Boland; and bassist Scott LaFaro "from upper New York" as Chet introduced him, on the Steve Allen 'Tonight' show in late fall 1956.
Chris DeVito for his myriad photocopies of Downbeat, Variety, and newspaper articles and advertisements in support of the LaFaro Chronology pages.
Carol Goss for telling me about the Paul Bley recording session that included LaFaro.
Peter Losin for telling me in the first place about Rare / Live, and for pointing me to James Harrod, Director, University of California at Irvine Bookstore; to Mr. Harrod, who, in turn, referred me to Mr. Leon Leavitt, who provided me with the earliest recordings on which Scott performed. Networking at its best.
Peter M. Morris, who sent me his father's copy of the 1963 LP Stan Getz which has helped to clarify the relation between this reissue and the 1958 LP Cal Tjader -- Stan Getz Sextet.
John Sanna for tracking down the LP Kamuca Feldman Tjader for me, and for his invaluable information about the musical relationship between Jaco Pastorius "The World's Greatest Bass Player" and Scott.
Phil West for creating the audio sound loop of Evans and LaFaro's rehearsal of My Foolish Heart which is the background to this page, and for the video excerpts from The Stars of Jazz TV show.
Masako Sho Winkler for her Japanese-to-English translation of the Rare / Live liner notes.
Bill Zavatsky for pointing to me in a November 2003 e-mail that his poem 'To The Pianist Bill Evans' with allusions to Scott LaFaro, appeared first in his Theories of Rain and Other Poems. Bill read his poem at the memorial service for Bill Evans at St. Peter's in New York's Citicorp Building, September 1980.
My heart-felt appreciation also for those musicians who knew Scott and who played with him, and who have shared with me their anecdotes:
Eddie Duran of 'Mad and Eddie Duran'
Pat Moran (Patti Moran McCoy)
And, of course I thank my wife, Michele, for all she does to harmonize hearth and home. For me Michele is the personification of Scott's 'Jade Visions'.
Most of all, I thank my father, Charles Francis Ralston (02 September 1916 -- 11 September 1982), for sharing his love of jazz, baseball, drums, and for introducing me to Scotty's music in the first place.
Bibliography -- Books A-F Discography -- All Acknowledgements Bibliography -- Books G-K Chronology -- 1936-1949 Discography -- 1956--1957 Items Lacking Bibliography -- Books L-R Chronology -- 1950-1955 Discography -- 1958 Memorial Award Bibliography -- Books S-Z Chronology -- 1956-1957 Discography -- 1959 Musician Associates Bibliography -- Mags A-F Chronology -- 1958 Discography -- 1960 Photography Bibliography -- Mags G-K Chronology -- 1959 Discography -- 1961 Renderings Bibliography -- Mags L-R Chronology -- 1960 Discography -- 1961--1979 Bibliography -- Mags S-Z Chronology -- 1961 Discography -- 1980--1989 Sunday Vanguard Matrix Bibliography -- Miscellany Discography -- 1990--1999 Bibliography -- Web Sources Discography -- 2000-- 2001 ISB LaFaro Tribute