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Jazz Interviews

Jazz remains such a vibrant art form because its performers have vivid imaginations and dedication to their craft. Also, music has an oral tradition, so its ideas get passed down from one generation to the next. Below you can find interviews with artists whose words may shed light on the music they play.

Interview with Violinist Mazz Swift of the Hear in Now Trio
Douglas Detrick talks to violinist Mazz Swift about the formation of the Hear in Now trio, and how the group achieves its blend of jazz, classical, and freely improvised music.

On Bringing Jazz Back From the Dead
An interview with Adam Schatz, one of the founders of the Undead Jazz Festival.

Interview with Bassist and Composer Michael Bates
An interview with composer and bassist Michael Bates about his album 'Acrobat: Music For and By Dmitri Shostakovich,' on which Bates both arranges some of Shostakovich's music, and creates his own music based on Shostakovich's techniques.

Interview With Jazz Singer Kate McGarry
Interview with jazz singer Kate McGarry.

Interview with Producer Tony Reif of Songlines Records
Jonathan Lindhorst interviews Tony Reif, the owner of Songlines Records. The label's catalogue is eclectic, but unified by elements like structure, emotion, and communication.

John Comerford on 'Icons Among Us: Jazz in the Present Tense'
Interview with John Comerford, executive producer of jazz documentary 'Icons Among Us,' an exploration of contemporary jazz and some of today's most notable musicians.

Interview with Drummer Harris Eisenstadt
An interview with drummer and bandleader Harris Eisenstadt about his group September trio, featuring saxophonist Ellery Eskelin and pianist Angelica Sanchez.

A Chat with Jazz Pianist Hank Jones
Interview with jazz pianist Hank Jones, a winner of the 2009 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award

Interview with Trombonist and Vocalist Pete McGuinness
Trombonist Pete McGuinness discusses being a jazz trombonist, arranging for big bands, and what it's like to be a musician in New York City.

Interview With Jason Olaine
Interview with Jason Olaine, General Manager of Monterey Jazz Festival Records and Vice President of Programming for Festival Network.

Interview with Trombonist Ryan Keberle
An interview with New York-based jazz trombonist Ryan Keberle.

Interview With Antonio Sanchez
Interview with drummer Antonio Sanchez

Interview with Vocalist Peter Eldridge
Charlie Christenson interviews vocalist Peter Eldridge. They discuss the current state of the jazz industry, and the many projects Eldridge takes on. Here is part one of the interview.

BBC Jazz Interviews
This BBC page includes several recorded interviews with legends including Gil Evans, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, and Freddie Hubbard.

Interview with Pianist Bill Carrothers
An interview with jazz pianist Bill Carrothers, in which he discusses what it's like being a jazz musician in the boonies of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Interviews on Saxophonist Mel Martin's Website
Saxophonist and woodwind player Mel Martin's website has a page dedicated to interviews with jazz legends. Scroll down on the page to listen to RealAudio recordings of interviews with musicians such as Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter.

Interview: Vocalist Theo Bleckmann
An interview with vocalist Theo Bleckmann, in which he discusses how the role of jazz singer has changed over the decades, and talks about his musical and non-musical influences alike.

Transcripts of Interviews Conducted by Ken Burns
Read the transcripts from interviews with musicians, writers, critics, and others in the music industry conducted by award-winning documentarian Ken Burns while researching his film, Jazz.

Interview: Trumpeter Cuong Vu on His Approach to Jazz Standards
Douglas Detrick interviews trumpeter and composer Cuong Vu about his treatment of jazz standards on his 2011 album, 'Leaps of Faith.'

Interview: Composer and Arranger Ryan Truesdell on the Gil Evans Project
Composer and arranger Ryan Truesdell talks about the Gil Evans Project, a project that involves recording newly-discovered pieces by Gil Evans, and documenting the process on ArtistShare.

Interview: Trombonist Jacob Garchik
James Hall discusses jazz, experimental music, and what it's like to be a musician in New York with trombonist Jacob Garchik

BBC Jazz Interviews
This BBC page includes several recorded interviews with legends including Gil Evans, Oscar Peterson, Sonny Rollins, and Freddie Hubbard.

Interviews on Saxophonist Mel Martin's Website
Saxophonist and woodwind player Mel Martin's website has a page dedicated to interviews with jazz legends. Scroll down on the page to listen to RealAudio recordings of interviews with musicians such as Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter.

Transcripts of Interviews Conducted by Ken Burns
Read the transcripts from interviews with musicians, writers, critics, and others in the music industry conducted by award-winning documentarian Ken Burns while researching his film, Jazz.

Eliane Elias Talks About "I Thought About You"
An interview with Eliane Elias about her new Chet Baker tribute, "I Thought About You."

Eliane Elias Talks About "I Thought About You"
An interview with Eliane Elias about her new Chet Baker tribute, "I Thought About You."

John Scofield Talks About "Uberjam Deaux"
An interview with John Scofield about his new album, "Uberjam Deaux"

Earl Klugh Talks About "Hand Picked"
An interview with Earl Klugh about his new album, "Hand Picked"

David Sanborn Talks About "Quartette Humaine" (Part Two)
An interview with Davis Sanborn about his new collaboration with Bob James, "Quartette Humaine"

David Sanborn Talks About "Quartette Humaine" (Part One)
An interview with Davis Sanborn about his new collaboration with Bob James, "Quartette Humaine"

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