"My sister attended Manassas High School, and that’s how I came to know the band director there, Emerson Able, who was just a consummate musician. He was part of the Isaac Hayes band in its heyday, and he played everything---like so many of the best musicians in Memphis history. That impressed me. That, and his interest in jazz.
"I’ve been in every kind of band through the years. I play jazz, blues, R & B, country; I play it all. One Thursday a month I play bass at a club on Beale. Music is so important for us to have in schools, but a lot of times that’s what gets cut. Kids need that outlet, especially black children in a city like Memphis where music is such an important part of their heritage. Memphis has a great musical history. You can find anything here."
- Emerson Able, Jr. on his time at Manassas High School (YouTube, 02/20/2013): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNidqO19c5U
- Emerson Able Jr. taught and played with Isaac Hayes (The Commercial Appeal, 6/29/2015): http://archive.commercialappeal.com/news/emerson-able-jr-taught-and-played-with-isaac-hayes-ep-1164695573-328244171.html
- Legacy: Emerson R. Able Jr. (The New Tri-State Defender, 07/02/2015): http://tsdmemphis.com/news/2015/jul/02/legacy-emerson-r-able-jr/
- The Rebirth of Jazz on Beale Street at the Blue Note: A Tribute to Emerson Able (The Front Line): http://thefrontlinemusic.com/tag/emerson-able/