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NYU Jazz Interview Series

Dave Schroeder
Dave Schroeder, Host & Director of Jazz Studies at NYU Steinhardt

As the director of jazz studies at NYU Steinhardt I oversee a thriving jazz studies program in New York City. I am constantly surrounded by students and artist/faculty that invariably end up holding court in my office to discuss their musical experiences. Anyone who has visited my Lafayette Street office would compare the musician traffic to that of Grand Central Station. With the constant flow of musicians moving in an out, my days are filled with conversations that range from casual to profound. The NYU Steinhardt Jazz Series at Barnes and Noble developed as an outgrowth of my daily interaction with musicians. The series has developed into an open exchange of knowledge for anyone interested in understanding the musician’s process and the human side of being a jazz artist. With the start of the series last fall, audiences have been thrilled to interact with legendary jazz artists up close and personal.

Jack DeJohnette
Legendary jazz artist Jack DeJohnette addresses the audience.

Imagine listening to Jack DeJohnette describing his first experiences moving to New York City by tossing his case-less drums under a Greyhound Bus and having to find a crash pad once he arrived in the City. Or, Benny Golson recounting the time he and his fellow young schoolmate John Coltrane decided to check out the jazz scene in Harlem. Traveling from Philly only to be disappointed that no musicians were to be found. As they decided to return to home, they spot Thelonious Monk headed straight for them. Monk looks at them saying sternly, “you boys are too young to be hanging out of the street, get yourself home right now.” These stories and more from such diverse jazz artists as Steve Kuhn, Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, Ron Carter, and Chico Hamilton have made Barnes and Noble the place to be on Friday nights.

– Dave Schroeder

2011 Season:
Helen Merrill
Joe Lovano
Lee Konitz
Dave Liebman
Kevin Eubanks
Phil Woods
Dave Douglas
Jim Hall

2010 Season:
Jimmy Heath
Bill Charlap
Gary Burton
Pat Martino
Maria Schneider
Roy Haynes
John Pattitucci
Lionel Loueke
Chris Potter
Dave Holland
Stefon Harris
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Cindy Blackman
Combo Nuvo

2009 Season:
Steve Kuhn
John Abercrombie
Wayne Krantz
Gil Goldstein
Ron Carter
Julian Lage
Lenny Pickett
Benny Golson
George Garzone
Chico Hamilton
Jack DeJohnette
Christian McBride
Kenny Werner

Barnes and Noble

The NYU Steinhardt Jazz Interview Series is conducted at the Barnes & Noble store located at 150 East 86th Street @ Lexington Ave in New York City (212-369-2180). The series is produced by Dave Schroeder, Alex Kurland and Joseph Vella (Jazz Online).


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Starter Kit

Finding your way to jazz can seem like a daunting task. Whether you are just beginning your journey or looking to add some choice recordings to your collection, the Jazz Online Starter Kit can set you on the right path. Each recording represents the lasting contribution of some of the most influential forces in jazz. Though this list only scratches the jazz surface, there is no better place to start.

Louis Armstrong & Oscar Peterson
“Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson”
Louis blows and sings and Oscar swings all the way – two legends at their best.
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Chet Baker
“My Funny Valentine”
Classic Chet – stylish and romantic trumpet and vocals.
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Count Basie
“April in Paris”
Brilliant Basie – say no more.
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George Benson
Contemporary crossover milestone and still going strong.
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Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
“The Big Beat”
The premier school of Blakey.
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Clifford Brown & Max Roach
“Study in Brown”
Stellar showcase of two of the finest in jazz.
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Dave Brubeck
“Time Out
Turned an entire generation onto jazz.
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Betty Carter
“The Audience with Betty Carter”
Her voice is her instrument – fearless and fabulous.
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Ornette Coleman
“The Shape of Jazz To Come”
Profound and intense improvisational bliss.
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John Coltrane
“A Love Supreme”
Quintessential Coltrane – More than a must.
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Chick Corea/Return To Forever
“Light As A Feather”
Powerhouse fusion with originality.
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Miles Davis
“Kind of Blue”
The greatest of all time – if you can only own one CD…
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Miles Davis
“Four and More”
A brilliant band just burnin’ – unforgettable.
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Miles Davis
“In A Silent Way”
Moody Miles embarking upon electric funk.
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Duke Ellington
Duke is King and elegance swings,
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Bill Evans Trio
“At the Village Vanguard”
The bible for the majority of modern jazz pianists.
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Ella Fitzgerald
“Pure Ella”
The First Lady of Song at her finest.
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Stan Getz/Joao Gilberto
Jazz and Bossa Nova soul mates.
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Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Sonny Stitt
“Sonny Side Up”
Diz and two Sonnys blow up a storm.
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Benny Goodman
“Live at Carnegie Hall 1939”
“Sing, Sing, Sing” says it all.
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Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny
“Beyond The Missouri Sky”
Two modern day masters in an intimate duo setting – a can’t miss pick.
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Herbie Hancock
One Word: F-U-N-K
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Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane
“Johnny Hartman & John Coltrane”
A musical marriage made in heaven.
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Billie Holiday
“All or Nothing At All”
Lady Day swings on the classic songbook.
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Al Jarreau
“Look To The Rainbow”
The real deal that set the bar for contemporary jazz vocalists.
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Keith Jarrett Trio
Better than brilliant.
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John Klemmer
Groovy and moody contemporary tenor.
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Charles Lloyd At Monterey
“Forest Flower”
One of the greatest live performances EVER recorded in jazz.
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Mahavishnu Orchestra
“Inner Mounting Flame”
World Fusion – Wow!
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Brad Mehldau Trio
“Brad Mehldau Trio Live”
A trifecta.
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Pat Metheny Group
“Pat Metheny Group”
Vintage PMG set the standard.
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Charles Mingus
“Mingus Ah Um”
Rich feel, grit, humor and originality.
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Charlie Parker
“Charlie Parker”
Bird is the improv master.
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Tito Puente
“Dance Mania”
Hot, sensational and down right fun.
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Joshua Redman
The new guard speaks – are you listening?
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David Sanborn
“Heart To Heart”
Contemporary jazz’s founding father still rules.
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Pharoah Sanders
Free jazz for one and for all.
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Mongo Santamaria
“Watermelon Man”
Influential and impressive latin percussion.
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Carmen McRae
“The Great American Songbook”
A soulful and stylish vocal treasure.
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Sun Ra
“Space is the Place”
Innovative, controversial and adventurous – are you up for it?
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Cal Tjader
“Soul Sauce”
Distinctive grooves and very tasty!
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Weather Report
“Heavy Weather”
Bar none – fusion at its finest.
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Cassandra Wilson
“New Moon Daughter”
A Diva for the millenium.
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