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Interview with Benny Powell

Benny Powell

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March 1, 1930 - June 26, 2010


In an interview segment intertwined with his band's performance of "Lester Leaps In" Benny Powell talks about jazz in the modern age.

New Orleans born trombonist Benny Powell started playing with Lionel Hampton when he was eighteen.

He spent twelve years with Count Basie's Orchestra ending in 1963.

He was a member of the house band for the "Merv Griffin Show" and moved to Los Angeles in 1970.

Returning to New York during the early '80s, in 1994 Benny Powell began teaching at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

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