Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Saxophonist Wardell Gray

Interview with Abraham Ravett

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Ken McCarthy’s Jazz on the Tube interviews filmmaker Abraham Ravett about his film “Forgotten Tenor: A Tribute to Tenor Saxophonist Wardell Gray.”

Tenor saxophone giant Wardell Gray was born February 13, 1921, in Oklahoma City. OK. He was a graduate of the Cass Technical High School, a Detroit school that also lists … Read more

Vic Hobson and the roots of Louis Armstrong’s music

Interview with Vic Hobson

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Louis Armstrong was a genius – no doubt about that.

But there’s no such thing as a genius in a vacuum.

For some strange reason, the culture and community that gave birth to Louis Armstrong is given short shrift in accounts of his life and art.

In his autobiography and in interviews, … Read more

Interview with Gilberto Valdés Zequeira – in his 90th year


Jazz on the Tube brought Gilberto (left) and his friend
David Amram together again in Havana after a 40 year absence

Interview with Gilberto Valdés Zequeira

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Gilberto Valdés Zequeira was born in Havana on August 16, 1928.

As a kid he listened to Chano Pozo’s rehearsals in the Colon neighborhood of Havana.

His vocal group had … Read more

Sonny Rollins Meditating on a Riff

Interview with Hugh Wyatt

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Hugh Wyatt was part of the group that put the legendary New York radio station WBLS on the air and saved the Apollo Theater.

For nearly thirty years, he wrote and edited for New York Daily News.

And he’s enjoyed a long friendship with Sonny Rollins,

In this landmark book, Hugh not … Read more

Ronnie Burrage: Drummer, bandleader, producer, historian, educator, activist

Interview with Ronnie Burrage

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Who do call when you need a rock solid drummer?

Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Jackie McLean, Woody Shaw, Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Fortune, Doc Cheatham, Sir Rolland Hanna, Michael Brecker, Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius, Chico Freeman, Hamiet Bluiett, and many others have all agreed: Ronnie Burrage.

In this call, we talk about Ronnie’s … Read more