Rufus Harley, jazz bagpiper of Philadelphia

Above: trailer for the Rufus Harley documentary, Pipes of Peace. A George Manney film. Official movie website:

“Jazz City TV first aired Rufus Harley’s performance & Interview in 1979. The interview was recorded at his home in the Germantown sectionn of PhiladelphiA. The performance was live in PHILLY. Jazz City TV has over 300 hours of Rufus Harley on video this is very small segment of what is to come. Including his memorial services with interviews of band members and his last live performance. Rufus has been part of the Jazz City family since 1970 and we miss him dearly. “

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About Jay Babcock

I am the co-founder and editor of Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curator of the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was one of five Angelenos listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. Today, I live a peaceful life in the rural wilderness of Joshua Tree, California, where I am a partner in with Stephanie Smith.

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