Take Five With PT Gazell

Take Five With PT Gazell
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Meet PT Gazell:
Hot, swingin, smooth, original, clean, lyrical, faster than a speeding bullet, diatonically chromatic, one of a kind, masterful, the swingingest, Oh yeah, like what? Nat "King" Cole
Nat "King" Cole
1919 - 1965
, Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
, Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
Louis Jordan
1908 - 1975
sax, alto
, Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Ben Webster
1909 - 1973
sax, tenor
, Harry "Sweets" Edison
Harry "Sweets" Edison
1915 - 1999
, Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
Wes Montgomery
1925 - 1968
, Tiny Moore...that's what! Dig it.

PT Gazell—American master of the half-valved diatonic harmonica. Swing and jazz played on a 10-hole, Richter-tuned diatonic harmonica.


Teachers and/or influences?
Toots Thielemans
Toots Thielemans
Toots Thielemans
, Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker
1920 - 1955
sax, alto
, McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
McCoy Tyner
, Tiny Moore, Ben Webster, "Sweets" Edison, Nat "King" Cole.

I knew I wanted to be a musician when...
I saw peoples' reaction to music that touched them.

Your sound and approach to music:
I would say my sound is a cross between a tenor sax and a muted trumpet. My approach has always come from a melodic standpoint. My improvisation comes from the same place.

Your teaching approach:
The technical stuff is fine but remember you are entertaining not trying to do parlor tricks.

Favorite venue:
Anywhere in Europe.

Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
I would have to say it is a tossup between 2 Days Out and Swingin' Easy...Hittin' Hard.

What do you think is the most important thing you are contributing musically?
To bring new awareness to an instrument that is pigeonholed as either blues or country.

What is in the near future?
European tour in fall of 2011

Photo Credit
Courtesy of PT Gazell
PT Gazell
PT Gazell

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