Freddie "Pep" Green, "Mr. Rhythm"

"But 75-year-old Green has a role beyond that of guitarist in the band. He serves as a kind of keeper of the flame, as a “spiritual director” who knows what the Basie Band is all about. . . . He has uncompromising standards and if he thinks anything is going less than perfectly in a recording session, he doesn’t hesitate to speak out."—Chip Deffaa


Alfred Green, "Lil' Pep"

Picture of author sitting with memorabilia in bacground.

In 1984, Al Green served as Vice President of Book Production at Academic Press Inc. in San Diego CA. Prior to that, Green worked in New York City as a freelance photographer for ten years and was a member of the American Society of Magazine Photographers (ASMP) with assignments for Fortune, New York, Scholastic, Financial World and other magazines. He covered the 12th OAU Conference in Kampala, Uganda, with additional assignments in Angola, Puerto Rico and Spain. He photographed Andrew Young, then Ambassador to the UN, for a cover story for Black Enterprise Magazine. His photographs have exhibited at The Museum of Fine Arts in Springfield Mass, the Studio Museum of Harlem, the Ford Foundation, the Multi-Cultural Gallery in San Diego and the Diana Galleries in New York. Green received his Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California in 1998. He worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District as a Mental Health Consultant to Early Childhood Education Centers, retiring in 2005 as a Transition Service Facilitator (TSF) assigned to Special Education. He currently lives on the west coast with his wife, Judy.

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