Before he moved on to soul and R&B, bassist Johnnie Pate was a solid link in the jazz-campus connection.
Exactly which campus is a bit misleading. In the midst of the Ivy heyday, anything collegiate became synonymous with “Ivy League,” hence the above album’s title despite the fact that the photos were taken at the University of Cincinnati.
The liner notes provide interesting insight on the term in the context of the heyday. Check out the Prologue section on the left:
Pate followed up “Jazz Goes Ivy League” with another Ivy-invoking album:
The albums don’t appear to have been uploaded to YouTube, but here’s the trio from roughly the same era with a lovely ballad. — CC