Interview

From emerging talents to today's brightest stars, we interview musicians from around the globe.

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George Wein: Dinosaur Walks the Earth

Read "George Wein: Dinosaur Walks the Earth" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke


From the 1995-2003 archive: This article first appeared at All About Jazz in June 2000. George Wein is in his 47th year of producing jazz festivals. He invented them, going back to the first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954. Now they take place all around the globe. He's 75 in October, but still going strong. How much longer will be the most famous jazz impresario? Even he doesn't know. So cherish him while he's still out there. He ...

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John Clayton: Career Reflections

Read "John Clayton: Career Reflections" reviewed by Schaen Fox


John Clayton is as interesting to talk to as he is an artist of great talent and experience. The former has allowed him to interact with numerous major figures of his time as well as have long tenures performing with aggregations as diverse as Count Basie's band and the Amsterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The latter gives him interesting perspectives on topics such as drugs and building a career in jazz. His busy schedule made successfully speaking to him difficult, but what ...

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Chien Chien Lu: On The Right Path

Read "Chien Chien Lu: On The Right Path" reviewed by William H. Snyder


Chien Chien Lu is a vibes and marimba player who lived the first quarter of a century of her life in Taiwan. This year she is closing in on 32 years of age. One of three children, she went to church with Dad and temple with Mom--her father being a Christian, and her mother a Buddhist. Now she's a self-avowed spiritual person, but not particularly religious. Years of Chinese classical music training as a percussionist led her to complete her ...

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Murray Brothers: A Law Unto Themselves

Read "Murray Brothers: A Law Unto Themselves" reviewed by Ian Patterson


They are two of the most promising jazz musicians to have emerged from Ireland in some years. Bassist Conor Murray and twin brother Micheal Murray (alto saxophone) grew up with Irish traditional music in the small, Gaeltacht—Gaelic-speaking—town of Falcarragh, in County Donegal. Both discovered jazz in their early teens and have been regulars at the annual Sligo Jazz Project, first as students and latterly as instructors. Graduates of the jazz program at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, ...

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Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2

Read "Zakir Hussain: Making Music, Part 2-2" reviewed by Ian Patterson


Part 1 | Part 2 It seemed inevitable that Zakir Hussain would collaborate with jazz musicians as the '70s unfolded. Jazz had been sidling up to Indian classical music gradually since the early '60s. In 1962, Gary Peacock and Bud Shank played on Ravi Shankar's album Improvisations (World Pacific), although this was very much a Shankar album; flautist Shank played in Indian style, while Peacock's presence was subdued. The sitar also gravitated towards jazz, ...

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Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

Read "Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet" reviewed by Victor L. Schermer


A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. The venue turned out to be a bar-restaurant with a recently remodeled music room on the second floor with surprisingly good acoustics and sound ...

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Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes

Read "Dave Holland: More Than Just Notes" reviewed by Ian Patterson


The creative juices, if not the hunger, desert many artists as they advance in years. Repetition and mediocrity—a blunting of the sword— can creep in, while past glories are often left to provide the kindling for flames that never quite catch. Such charges could never be levelled at English bassist Dave Holland, who turns seventy-five in October. On the contrary, what is striking about Holland's output in the fifty years since emerging as a leader in his own right is ...


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