There are thousands (Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Millions?) of interviews with jazz artists to be found on the Internet. Some are short, some are long. Some are with legendary performers, some are with the newest. Old, new, text, audio, video; the number is mind numbing.
Unfortunately, there is no one place to go to find these interviews; they are spread out on the web in places as different as established websites, small blogs, and of course, Youtube. As daunting a task as it seems, this website was started to begin to bring these interviews together in one place.
I feel that TNYDP can be of great use to many different people: the jazz fan interested in the genre’s history; the musician looking for ideas and tips from the greats; writers of album reviews and retrospective pieces; and the serious researcher and author hunting for primary resources for their papers and books.
This library has a long-term outlook—there is no way to possibly collect every jazz interview in a week, or a month, or a year, or even ten years. My initial plan is to populate this site with a a solid base of interviews with a wide variety of performers. The second phase will be to begin to pick individual performers one at a time and try and make their collection as complete as possible.
On organization: each interview (or in some cases groups of interviews) will be its own post and will be full-text searchable and include metadata covering the artists name, interviewer, type of resource (text, audio, or video), the subject’s main instrument, and when available, the year the interview was conducted. I’ll also tag each with any topics covered in the interview I find interesting or important.
I hope you enjoy this project and find it useful for whatever reason you choose to be here. Please visit the Contact page and let me know your thoughts, ideas, and stray interviews you’d like me to include.