SONNY ROLLINS INTERVIEW: “I LOVE MUSIC OF COURSE, BUT I DON’T LISTEN ANY MORE… IT’S TOO FRUSTRATING TO LISTEN TO MUSIC WHEN I CAN’T PARTICIPATE”

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Retirement has never had a precise agepoint in the creative industries. Practitioners, certainly improvising musicians, often go on far longer than in other fields, for a number of reasons, from artistic integrity to financial necessity; or in Sonny Rollins’ case, an unflagging dedication to their life’s work. He was still playing as a sprightly octogenarian, his […]

Lee Konitz: Influential saxophonist and pioneer of experimental jazz

Lee Konitz: Influential saxophonist and pioneer of experimental jazz

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The alto saxophonist Lee Konitz was an innovative figure in jazz for more than 70 years and was the last surviving member of the groundbreaking Birth of the Cool group whose late-1940s recordings influenced a generation of musicians. Konitz, who has died aged 92 after contracting coronavirus, came of musical age during the bebop movement, which revolutionised […]

Willis Conover 1969

“Time for jazz – This is Willis Conover in Washington, D.C., with the Voice of America Jazz Hour.”

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Well, well my FB friends…I am simply privileged, honoured and a bit excited that I write something about a person who was one of my first connections and “windows” to jazz music, a man who did an incredible educational and introductory job, teaching me and giving me the first lessons of jazz music, history, styles…He […]