Tag: 1963

Three 1960s Quincy Jones Interviews

quincyJonesFrom the newly revamped JazzProfessional website (now part of the UK National Jazz Archive), here are three mid-1960s interviews with legendary producer, conductor, arranger, and composer Quincy Jones. Speaking with Les Tompkins in 1963 and 1965, Jones discusses his development and early days of his career. From the first interview:

“Actually, the first record I made was with Art Farmer for Prestige. I wrote an album for him called “Work Of Art”. That was with musicians from the band, and it was a thrilling moment for us—to have Art get a record session. We rehearsed and prepared for it for two months. We had the luxury of time that we can’t afford today. Incidentally, during my stay with Hamp we had a tremendous awakening in Sweden. I imagine anybody that has never left the States has the feeling that the Americans play far better than most European musicians—in jazz, anyway. In many ways this is a fallacy. It was exaggerated. I don’t mean that we felt that we were superior, but we had a feeling that it wasn’t quite up to the same standard that we had in New York.”

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1960s Dexter Gordon Audio Interviews

More Dex this week! Here are 17 beautiful minutes of Dexter Gordon telling his life story. The audio comes from some rare outtakes and extras from Dexter Gordon – Complete Blue Note Sixties Sessions

—Peter Blasevick

Five Paul Desmond interviews and some extras

From the cool JazzProfessional website, here are five interviews with the iconic alto saxophonist Paul Desmond conducted by Les Tompkins. As always, Desmond is classy, funny, and articulate throughout. “The personality of Paul Desmond” and “The jazz audience” are from 1963, with Back in the crook”, “Giant jazzman, gentle wit…”, and Sax viewpoint” from 1972. Additionally there is a special tribute story from the time of Desmond’s death in 1977, and a page of Desmond quotes. 

From the first interview, Desmond on practicing:

“I feel the necessity for practice, but the results don’t generally justify it. I have a tendency to get bugged by some small thing when I start practising and do one of those Stephen Laycock retroactive bits for five or six hours, ending up playing one interval and working on the intonation or something. After about four hours I come to the job and I can’t play a note! So I’m really better off without practising. I either have to just make it playing the job or forget it. There isn’t time then to get introspective or critical and tear anything apart. You just have to keep going.”

 Click here to read Five Paul Desmond interviews and some extras

—Peter Blasevick

Three Interviews with Art Blakey

From JazzProfessional.com, here are three interviews with the legendary drummer and bandleader Art BlakeyartBlakey, all conducted by Les Tomkins:

In “One of the Extroverts of Jazz” from 1963, Blakey discusses the early days of the Messengers:

“It used to be, a few years ago, that everybody wanted to be the leader of his own group…You see, after the Messengers, the MJQ, Horace Silver or any of these well–organised groups come through with their arrangements, it makes it pretty hard for the others. The people know the difference now…We battled this thing for years and I guess Horace Silver and I helped to make it this way. We hated to see these jam groups going on all the time. We had to start out like that, with Clifford Brown and Curly Russell at Birdland. Very luckily, we had a group that clicked together and came off with some good, swinging records.”

Also here are interviews from 1973 and 1987. Enjoy!

Click here to read Interview One: One of the Extroverts of Jazz

Click here to read Interview Two: Speaks his Mind

Click here to read Interview Three: More Messages from the Messenger

—Peter Blasevick

Count Basie: My Band—Past and Present

From JazzProfessional.com, Count Basie is interviewed in New York in 1963 by Max Barker and talks about many of his former bandmembers. From the interview:

“Lester Young, who I would like to mention, was in a class by himself. Definitely a stylist and an originator.” Has Basie retained Freddie Greene  because he prefers to hear a guitar in a rhythm section or only because he happens to be an essential ingredient of the band? “Well, it is both. He is a sort of hold-together. A guy you hear, yet don’t hear, but always know whether he is there or not. Not a soloist of any kind, but a lot as far as holding things together is concerned.”

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Bud Powell interview 1963

Bud Powell interviewed in France while recuperating from tuberculosis at the Bouffemont Sanatorium January 15th and May 6th, 1963. The interviewer’s questions are in French, but Powell answers in English.

Duke Ellington in Sweden

In this 1963 interview with Sven Lindahl for Swedish television channel SVT, the great composer discusses topics ranging from stage fright to the future of his music. In two parts on YouTube:

Seven Interviews with John Coltrane

JohnColtrane.com, the official website of John Coltrane, has seven audio interviews with the legendary tenor saxophonist:

  • by August Blume on June 15, 1958, recorded at Blume’s home in Baltimore, Maryland prior to that evening’s performance of the Miles Davis Quintet (with John Coltrane, Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones) at The Crystal Caverns, Washington, D.C.
  • by Dutch jazz historian Michiel de Ruyter November 19, 1961; December 1, 1962; October 26, 1963; and July 27, 1965
  • in Japan recorded by Kaname Kawachi on July 9, 1966. Coltrane comments on many great musicians including his time with Miles Davis
  • with Frank Kofski August 18, 1966. Coltrane discusses the breakup of his classic quartet.

Spiritualism and philosophy as a theme run through all of these interviews as you would expect with Coltrane, even as early as the earliest here in 1958.

Listen to all seven John Coltrane interviews here