Courtney Pine: ‘Carrying my instrument home each day made me feel better about myself’

courtneyPineA quick Q&A with saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, crossover artist, and all around cool dude Courtney Pine from The Guardian’s This Much I Know feature. Pine, 49, discusses standing up to the ‘jazz police’, playing saxophone on the moon, and being saved by the Pet Shop Boys. From the piece by Megan Conner:

The Pet Shop Boys saved my life. It was 1989, I’d lost my record deal, and they gave me a show at Wembley. I’m indebted to Neil [Tennant] and Chris [Lowe] for their love of jazz music.

People think you’re older when you play jazz. That’s fine by me. I’ve always wanted to be older, as I’ve wanted to know what I’ll sound like at 50, 60, 70.

My house is full of computers. My wife laughed when I said we’d have computers in every room one day. I’m a technology obsessive.

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