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Take Five With...

Take Five With Andy Farber

By Published: October 25, 2010
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington
1899 - 1974
piano
& His Orchestra, Such Sweet Thunder (Columbia);

Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
Donald Byrd
1932 - 2013
trumpet
, Blackjack (Blue Note);

Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
, April in Paris (Verve);

Gene Ammons
Gene Ammons
Gene Ammons
1925 - 1974
sax, tenor
/Sonny Stitt, Boss Tenors (Verve);

Ernie Wilkins, The Everest Years (Empire Music Group Inc).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

I wouldn't dare say.

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

Don't forget to swing and play the blues.

What is in the near future?

About to start a "two tenors" record with Dan Block. (Tribute to Zoot and Al) Next big band project will be jazz arrangements of Louis M. Gottschalk music.

By Day:

Staff composer at Duotone Audio Group. I also teach jazz composition and arranging at the Juilliard School.

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

classical musician?


Photo Credit

Courtesy of Andy Farber


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