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June 18, 2010

NYU Jazz Interview Series: Chico Hamilton

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I first came in contact with Chico about 15 years ago while teaching at the New School but never spoke to him for years since I didn’t know how to make a connection. Well, it turns out that Chico made the connection with me. One day while I was sitting in an office typing away at my laptop, out of the blue, Chico popped his head in the door asking, “Do you know how to work one of those things?” Sure, I said. Writing down the computer’s model number, Chico said, “See you next week.” Not knowing what to expect, Chico arrived the following week right on time with his brand new laptop, stating, OK, let’s get to work. Over the next several months I tried my best to bring Chico into the computer age, but in the end, we mostly became close friends. I think anyone can tell from the interview that Chico can act like a tough customer, but he’s really one of the kindest individuals I’ve ever met. In the end, I that was the benefactor of his computer lessons.

- Dave Schroeder, NYU Jazz Interview Series Host





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Man From Two Worlds
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Heritage

Links:
Chico Hamilton


Produced by NYU Jazz Studies Dept. and Jazz Online and in association with Barnes & Noble, The NYU Steinhardt Jazz Series features interviews with the jazz greats. The series is hosted by Dave Schroeder, Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt.


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