Take Five With Andy Farber
Donald Byrd, Blackjack (Blue Note);
Count Basie, April in Paris (Verve);
Gene Ammons/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.
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:
Courtesy of Andy Farber