When he thinks about the documentary “Pass It On,” that has been made about his life, noted Jazz musician Roger Humphries can’t stop pinching himself.
“It’s nice to have people recognizing you,” said Humphries, a native Pittsbugher who has performed since the age of three and a half. He began performing professionally at the age of 14 and has played with such greats as Stanley Turrentine, Horace Silvers and Ray Charles. “This documentary is about family, friends and having faith.
“I am a musician who loves what he does and has stayed true to his gifts and talents. Having the option to live and work anywhere in the world, I chose to live and raise my family right here in Pittsburgh. I have been blessed to make a living doing what I love and equally feel a responsibility to uplift and nurture the children who are coming up in later generations.
“I have committed my time, my energy, my passion and my finances to ensuring that a musical tradition is passed on to young talented artists. I am humbled and thankful to Billy Jackson for this great honor.”
Directed and produced by Billy Jackson, a national award-winning documentarian and principal owner of NOMMO Productions, “Pass It On” was a three-year endeavor that Jackson believed was the perfect vehicle to bring Humphries’ humble personality and his unique philosophy of reaching back and helping others—particularly young musicians—to the masses.