Category: Adderley, Cannonball

Cannonball Adderley on American Bandstand in 1967

Cannonball Adderley would have been 86 years old today. I’ve always been a big fan, not only of his great music, but of his positive outlook in every interview of his I’ve read. Here is a short clip of him interviewed by Dick Clark after playing “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” on American Bandstand in 1967:

—Peter Blasevick

A Composite Autobiography of Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley

Chris “Doc” Stewart’s Cannonball Adderley tribute website has more than a little about the legendary altoist—transcriptions, reviews, youtube videos, etc. However, a unique piece is a long “autobiography” of Adderley that Stewart cobbled together from many different interviews. A true labor of love. Steart writes:

“To provide a sketch of this colorful, articulate jazzman, here are a number of excerpts from interviews with Julian reassembled in chronological order. Also included are essential comments from Nat Adderley pertaining to Julian’s youth and New York City debut. These interviews are extracted from a number periodicals referenced in the Bibliography.”

Click here to read A Composite Autobiography of Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley  

Inside the Cannonball Adderley Quintet

In this fantastic four page 1961 Downbeat interview with Don DeMichael, Cannonball, his brother Nat Adderley, Louis Hayes, Victor Feldman, and Sam Jones discuss religion, if musical ability is innate or learned, and the factor of race in jazz. Nat speaks on the latter topic for quite a bit. Great insight!

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Cannonball Adderley 1968

“The funny thing is that all roads lead back to Duke Ellington…”

The great altoist speaks about Duke, the future of jazz, and many other topics in this 1968 interview with Joe Gallagher for the Chicago Seed newspaper.

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