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Jamie Saft: Jazz in the Key of Iggy

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AAJ: Recently you played a solo set at the Carlo Felice theater in Genova, one of the sacred temples of Italian classical music. How did that concert go?

JS: I had a fantastic day performing at Teatro Carlo Felice. It is an incredible space to craft an evening of solo piano music for a deep-listening audience. The music from that day will soon see a full length release on RareNoise in early 2018. Included in this performance are my interpretations of songs by Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Ives, ZZ Top, as well as some of my original music. I'm thrilled to have a chance to dig in to all this amazing music from the Great American Songbook. And especially in such a special concert space as the Carlo Felice theater.

AAJ: I'm quite curious about your obsession for Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Billy Gibbons? Is It something related to your teenager days?

JS: My obsession with Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, ZZ Top, etc. is purely based on the fact that it is great music. I've been a fan of all these artists since i was a young person, but that also applies to Coltrane, Miles, Albert Ayler, Pharoah Sanders, Charles Ives, Arnold Schoenberg, and beyond. To me these are all part of one whole: music. There are no barriers in great music or great art. All is possible at any moment. There are no limits. Just immerse yourself in the music and all will be revealed. Music is powerful.

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