Q&A: Jean-Luc Ponty

This week I’ll be posting interviews from the jazz website pioneers JazzOnline.com. Today’s interview is a quick 2010 Q&A session with virtuoso Jazz violinist and composer Jean-Luc Ponty in which he talks about first discovering Jazz, his creative influences, and why he doesn’t like to categorize his music. From the interview:

“I was studying classical violin at the Conservatory in Paris in 1958 and one of the students had two jazz albums which I borrowed. None of the students played jazz but a few liked to listen to it. One album was by the Modern Jazz Quartet and the other was Chet Baker with strings. I still remember. It was a smooth introduction to jazz for classical musicians and it worked like a magic spell on me.”

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