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Posts from the ‘NYU Jazz Interview Series’ Category

17
May
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Stefon Harris

“I’m gonna get a t-shirt that says, I HEAR DEAD PEOPLE,” proclaimed Stefon Harris just prior to our interview when I asked him what he thought about the state of jazz radio. While his passion and drive are spawn from the traditions of jazz music, Stefon is definitely a trailblazer who lives in the present and is committed to creating new music for new audiences. Read moreRead more

21
Apr
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Lionel Loueke

Seemingly shy and gentle were my first impressions of Lionel Loueke. I found him to be somewhat reserved but brimming with great curiosity and genuine thirst for music and self expression. Lionel entered the international jazz arena only a few years ago as a student at the Monk Institute, mentored by the likes of Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter to name a few. Read moreRead more

16
Mar
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Cindy Blackman

We didn’t know if Cindy was going to make it to the interview as she was delayed in Europe due to a floating ash cloud that was wreaking havoc from the volcano eruption in Iceland. With flights canceled left and right, Cindy navigated her way home like a pro and arrived at the interview early and energized. Read moreRead more

20
Jan
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Bill Charlap

I became a fan of Bill’s piano playing when I first heard him perform with sax legend Phil Woods. As a follower of Woods’ bands since the late 70s, I was familiar with many of his recordings with Hal Galper and Jim McNeely on piano. Both pianists made the group sound different, as did Bill when he took over the piano chair. Read moreRead more

3
Nov
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Oregon

I can’t believe it. Sitting next to me on stage at B&N are Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Glen Moore, and Mark Turner. OREGON! If I made a list of groups that totally inspired me to pursue a career in music, OREGON would definitely be on the short list, along with Weather Report, Mahavishnu Orchestra, and Return to Forever to name a few. Read moreRead more

19
Oct
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: George Garzone

I’ve known George since 1984 when I was one of his students standing on an endless line of saxophonists descending on his teaching studio. At that time, I would have never have considered that over twenty years later, George would be teaching for me as a member of my NYU Jazz faculty. Read moreRead more

5
Oct
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Gil Goldstein

Bruce Gilbert Goldstein has been teaching for me for several years now and is the perfect compliment to the NYU Steinhardt faculty. I first met Gil at a Joe Lovano performance where Gil was playing accordion in the band. Read moreRead more

11
Sep
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Christian McBride

During the entire interview with Christian, he was holding an unlit cigar between his fingers. Come to think of it, as I ushered him through B&N, a security guard spotted the same cigar, and before he said a word, Christian responded, don’t worry, it’s not lit. Read moreRead more

19
Aug
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Lenny Pickett

I have never met anyone like or vaguely resembling this guy. He is a whole other ball of wax, or should I say ball of energy? Working with him on my faculty as well as within my group Combo Nuvo, Lenny approaches everything through a skewed angle. From his unique approach to playing the saxophone as well as five hundred other instruments, he also possesses humbleness with regard to his craft until he puts his lips to his horn and quickly takes no prisoners on the bandstand.
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12
Aug
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Jack DeJohnette

All I can say about having the opportunity to interview Mr. DeJohnette is “WOW, what a tremendous honor.” Truly one of my favorite musicians on the planet, and “I” get to interview him. As I began listing the musicians that he has worked with, Coltrane, Rollins, Evans, Jarrett, Miles, Monk, Freddie, Herbie, and on and on, I thought to myself, how can this be true? Read moreRead more

26
Jul
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Benny Golson

Talk about jazz royalty! Every time I meet Mr. Golson, his level of sophistication and calm repose continues to awe me. Wearing his heart on his sleeve, Benny always appears to be invincible. Never in my wildest dreams had I consider meeting, or even befriend such musicians as I have through opportunities in NYC like hosting the B&H Jazz Series. Read moreRead more

13
Jul
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NYU Jazz Interview Series: Julian Lage

My first impression of Julian at the interview was that he was proactive in introducing himself to me. With a winning smile and firm handshake, someone has clued Julian in on the all so important rules of engagement. And, thank goodness for that, since there is so much competition in the music world, every musician needs to make friends and allies on and off the bandstand. Read moreRead more