Richard Gangi

Richard Gangi

Hard-Bop is alive and well, and the Ron Pirtle Quintet is living proof. Gettin' in the Groove is the real deal. Ron and the band have certainly…

It was Monday night, and I was looking foward to the "Jazz Jam" at our local coffee house. I decided to see if any of the guys from my favorite music store, Guitar Haven, felt like having dinner. Co-Owner, Ted Katz, agreed that some ribs at Meg O'Malleys sounded too good to pass up, and off we went.

Our conversation (over an ale) was surprisingly elevated as Larry Coryell came our way. Escorted by singer/songwriter Tracy Piergross and Paul Santa Maria, …