WILL SMITH, SR., PRESIDENT AND C.E.O.
SHARES THE HISTORY OF PTME

Fifteen 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.

 

 
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