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Take Five With Mike Mainieri

By Published: July 30, 2009
It has been listed in most jazz magazines and references as being born on July 24th, 1938. In fact I was born on July 4th of that year.

CDs you are listening to now:

Steve Reich, Different Trains (Nonesuch);

The Hi-Lo's, And All That Jazz (Columbia);

Herbie Hancock, River: The Joni Letters (Verve);

Vic Juris, Blue Horizon (ZOHO);

Dee Carstensen, Patch Of Blue (NYC Records).

Desert Island picks:

Miles Davis, Kind Of Blue (Columbia);

John Coltrane, A Love Supreme (Impulse!);

Miles Davis, Birth Of The Cool (Capitol);

Lionel Hampton, "Just Jazz" Jam Session 1944 (Verve);

Keith Jarrett, Facing You or My Song (ECM).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

There are more outstanding jazz artists today around the world than any time in the years I've been performing. That in itself proves that jazz is alive. On the other hand, there seems to be less clubs and concerts to perform and with the economic global economic downturn, it does not bode well for jazz. I'm hopeful that it will the downturn will be short-lived.

What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing?

Jazz needs to be introduced in early education in the US. Educators, instruments and private lessons must be provided to youngsters for jazz to thrive in the coming decades.

What is in the near future?

Upcoming releases.

L'Image, 2.0;

Mike Mainieri/Marnix Busstra, Twelve Pieces;

Mike Mainieri/Charlie Mariano Mike Mainiere/Charlie Mariano;

Mike Mainieri (solo vibraphone), Lush Life;

L'Image, Live At The Iridium DVD/CD.

By Day:

My label, NYC Records, keeps me pretty busy.

If I weren't a jazz musician, I would be a:


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