Photo by John Peden used with permission

John Peden (and I) say: “Read Gene’s books!”



Life is full of ironies.

A week or so after I posted my video that said essentially that blues, country and western, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll are all from the same tree…

I discovered Gene Santoro and his book “Highway 61 Revisited: The Tangled Roots of American Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Country Music.”

It turns out he and I went to the same high school, though he graduated eight years earlier than me.

He kept a place in the city, but he also had a place in the country just a half hour from me (and ten minutes from folks like Pat Metheny, Jack DeJohnette, Sonny Rollins, and Al Foster.)

And he died last year.

This is why I work so hard to do serious interviews of everyone I can. (If you don’t know our interview, go to the home page and click “podcasts.”)

Anyway, one person, the photographer and music maven John Peden of, did a superb interview of him and has been kind enough to let us share it with you.

– Ken McCarthy
Jazz on the Tube

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