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John Handy

By Published: July 8, 2004
Since the '70s, Handy has kept a low profile focusing his energies performing as a soloist, in duets, small and large ensembles including symphonic orchestras, recently composing a concerto for symphony orchestra and jazz soloist(s). He continued his career in higher education and has performed and recorded with Indian musicians such as sitarist Ravi Shankar, sarodist Ali Akbar Khan, tabla player Zakir Hussain and violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam.

Through the adversity, Handy has still earned his place in the upper echelon of players and contributors to this music and is without question one of the finest altoists of his generation. His seemingly simple request now as a 71-year old veteran of the music boils down to one thing: respect. "I enjoy showing and receiving respect, and playing in respectful places. I have worked hard, and I'm blessed and rewarded. Had the conditions been more attractive, I would have done many more things. I'm instilled with the gift, and all I need is an audience."

Recommended Listening:
Charles Mingus - Jazz Portraits: Mingus in Wonderland (UA-Blue Note, 1959)
John Handy - Live at Monterey (Columbia-Koch, 1965)
John Handy - The 2nd John Handy Album (Columbia-Koch, 1966)
John Handy - New View (Columbia-Koch, 1967)
John Handy - Projections (Columbia-Koch, 1968)
John Handy - Live at Yoshi's Nightspot (Boulevard-Louisiana Red Hot Records,1994)

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