WILL SMITH, SR., PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.
SHARES THE HISTORY OF PTME
years ago I met a dynamic pianist from Bryn Mawr, PA, Alfie Pollitt,
who was hired to play at my 50th birthday party. After retiring
from the refrigeration business and manufacturing and distributing
ice in the Philadelphia area, I decided to study music under Alfie,
who is also a composer, arranger, and songwriter. Studying music
and hearing Alfie play over the years heightened my appreciation
for his talents, particularly, and jazz, generally.
In 2002, Alfie and I began working on a CD project that resulted
in the establishment of Philly Through My Ear Recording Label
and Productions, Inc. (PTME). The original goal of the recording
label was to provide people the opportunity to appreciate the genius
of Alfie Pollitt’s music, which was accomplished in the Spring
of 2003 when it released Alfie, PTME’s first CD.
It was also Pollitt’s first as a bandleader, with Mike Boone
on bass and Eddie Jones on drums performing 10 of Alfie’s
original, never-before-recorded compositions.
PTME remains committed to providing jazz musicians in the greater
Philadelphia area opportunities to record their musical compositions
and preserving America’s original music – jazz. In the
future we hope to produce other genres of music, including gospel.