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From the Minds of Jazz Musicians
Conversations with the Creative and Inspired

ISBN 9781138240797
Published November 27, 2017 by Routledge
234 Pages

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Book Description

From the Minds of Jazz Musicians: Conversations with the Creative and Inspired celebrates contemporary jazz artists who have toiled, struggled and succeeded in finding their creative space. The volume was developed through transcribing and editing selected interviews with 35 jazz artists, conducted by the author between 2009 and 2012 in New York City, with a historical essay on each artist to provide context. The interviews feature musicians from a broad range of musical styles and experiences, ranging from Gerald Wilson, born in 1918, to Chris Potter, born in 1971. Topics range from biographical life histories to artists’ descriptions of mentor relationships, revealing the important life lessons they learned along the way.

With the goal to discover the person behind the persona, the author elicits conversations that speak volumes on the creative process, mining the individualistic perspectives of seminal artists who witnessed history in the making. The interviews present the artists’ candid and direct opinions on music and how they have succeeded in pursuing their unique and creative lives.

Table of Contents


1. Kenny Werner

2. Don Friedman

3. Wayne Krantz

4. Steve Kuhn

5. Gil Goldstein

6. Chico Hamilton

7. Lenny Pickett

8. Benny Golson

9. John Abercrombie

10. Jack DeJohnette

11. Christian McBride

12. Ralph Towner and Paul McCandless

13. Chris Potter

14. Jimmy Heath

15. Pat Martino

16. Roy Haynes

17. Helen Merrill

18. Lee Konitz

19. Joe Lovano

20. Dave Liebman

21. Phil Woods

22. Jim Hall

23. Paul Winter

24. George Wein

25. Janis Siegel and Cheryl Bentyne

26. Jon Hendricks and Annie Ross

27. Randy Brecker

28. Michel Camilo

29. Gerald Wilson

30. Gary Bartz

31. Bill Frisell

32. Lou Marini

33. Kenny Barron

34. Sheila Jordan

35. Cedar Walton


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David Schroeder is Associate Professor and Director of the Steinhardt Jazz Studies program at New York University, USA. He has performed extensively internationally and produced numerous recordings, video productions and articles on jazz music.