A Robert Wagner film project. Produced by Joan Babchak.
List of the Artists
This website features short clips taken from extensive interviews with these great jazz artists:
Adilifu, Kamau - Mr. Kamau Adilifu on the wisdom of Betty Carter.
Akiyoshi, Toshiko - Ms. Toshiko Akiyoshi on striving.
Alexander, Monty - Mr. Monty Alexander loves Ray Brown.
Amram, David - Mr. David Amram on Thelonious Monk.
Atkinson, Lisle - Mr. Lisle Atkinson on getting right with the Diz.
Barkan, Todd - Mr. Todd Barkan on producing.
Bartz, Gary - Mr. Gary Bartz on band leaders.
Barron, Kenny - Mr. Kenny Barron on then and now.
Bluiett, Hamiet - Mr. Hamiet Bluiett on the road to the baritone sax.
Brackeen, Joanne - Ms. Joanne Brackeen started early.
Brice, Percy - Mr. Percy Brice on Sarah and Carmen.
Bridgewater, Cecil - Mr. Cecil Bridgewater on the influence of Thad Jones.
Burrell, Dave - Mr. Dave Burrell on lofts and playing free.
Cables, George - Mr. George Cables on Dexter Gordon.
Capers, Valerie - Ms. Valerie Capers talks about her influences.
Carter, Ron - Mr. Ron Carter on responsibility.
Chestnut, Cyrus - Mr. Cyrus Chestnut on Betty Bebob
Cobb, Jimmy - Mr. Jimmy Cobb on the call from Miles.
Cole, Freddy - Mr. Freddy Cole hears it from Sonny Greer.
Coleman, George - Mr. George Coleman on joining Miles.
Cowell, Dr. Stanley - Dr. Stanley Cowell on meeting Thelonious and Phineas.
Cranshaw, Bob - Mr. Bob Cranshaw, a short history.
Cyrille, Andrew - Mr. Andrew Cyrille on Philly Joe Jones and jazz.
DeJulio, Jim - Mr. Jim DeJulio on Philly Joe Jones.
Donaldson, Lou - Mr. Lou Donaldson on Art Blakey.
Drummond, Billy - Mr. Billy Drummond on getting the gig with Sonny.
Essiet, Essiet - Mr. Essiet Essiet unique in New York.
Fortune, Sonny - Mr. Sonny Fortune on John Coltrane.
Friedman, Don - Mr. Don Friedman on perfect pitch.
Golson, Benny - Mr. Benny Golson on the death of Brownie.
Gomez, Eddie - Mr. Eddie Gomez on free jazz.
Green, Urbie - Mr. Urbie Green on his own four bars.
Hameen, Jesse - Mr. Jesse Hameen on where it comes from.
Hampton, Slide - Mr. Slide Hampton on the allure of bebop.
Harper, Billy - Mr. Billy Harper on the presence of spirituality.
Harper, Winard - Mr. Winand Harper on Dr. Billy Taylor.
Harris, Barry - Mr. Barry Harris on Coleman Hawkins.
Hart, Billy - Mr. Billy Hart on uniqueness.
Hayes, Louis - Mr. Louis Hayes on Sam Jones.
Heath, Albert "Tootie" - Mr. Albert "Tootie" Heath on brother Percy and perfect tempo.
Heath, Jimmy - Mr. Jimmy Heath on Coltrane.
Helias, Mark - Mr. Mark Helias on focus.
Henderson, Eddie - Mr. Eddie Henderson on family and friends.
Hendricks, Jon - Mr. Jon Hendricks on singing as a nine-year-old.
Hill, Calvin - Mr. Calvin Hill on back to basics.
Hope, Bertha - Ms. Bertha Hope on being 12 and having perfect pitch.
Hyman, Dick - Mr. Dick Hyman on comping with Maxine Sullivan.
Israels, Chuck - Mr. Chuck Israels on Boston '57.
Johnson, Howard - Mr. Howard Johnson on Gil Evans.
Johnson, Leo - Mr. Leo Johnson meets Johnny Griffin.
Johnson, Sy - Mr. Sy Johnson on the winds of change.
Jordan, Sheila - Ms. Sheila Jordan on singing as a child.
Kaye, Billy - Mr. Billy Kaye on hearing it from Dinah Washington.
Konitz, Lee - Mr. Lee Konitz on how it started.
Kuhn, Steve - Mr. Steve Kuhn on when the music is "happening."
Lake, Oliver - Mr. Oliver Lake on Improvisation.
LeDonne, Mike - Mr. Mike LeDonne on when the music is right.
Lewis, Victor - Mr. Victor Lewis on finding Victor Lewis.
Liebman, Dave - Mr. Dave Liebman talks about “free” jazz.
Lightsey, Kirk - Mr. Kirk Lightsey on Long Tall.
Lovano, Joe - Mr. Joe Lovano on composing.
Lundy, Curtis - Mr. Curtis Lundy on the bass and Betty.
Mabern, Harold - Mr. Harold Mabern on playing with Wes Montgomery.
Malone, Russell - Mr. Russell Malone shows us the D Major tuning.
Mance, Junior - Mr. Junior Mance on Dinah Washington.
McPherson, Charles - Mr. Charles McPherson, his alto, Johnny Hodges and Charlie Parker.
Mixon, Danny - Mr. Danny Mixon honors McCoy Tyner.
McBee, Cecil - Mr. Cecil McBee on shaking the free bass label.
Owens, Jimmy - Mr. Jimmy Owens on J-A-Z-Z.
Persip, Charli - Mr. Charli Persip on Red Garland and Miles Davis.
Person, Houston - Mr. Houston Person on "that sound."
Pizzarelli, Bucky - Mr. Bucky Pizzarelli on playing rhythm guitar.
Purdie, Bernard - Mr. Bernard "Pretty" Purdie on Papa Jo and brushes.
Reid, Rufus - Mr. Rufus Reid on Eddie Harris.
Ridley, Larry - Mr. Larry Ridley on how to be.
Ross, Annie - The birth of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross.
Saxton, Bill - Mr. Bill Saxton and how it happened.
Scott, Aaron - Mr. Aaron Scott on believing in yourself.
Simmons, Norman - Mr. Norman Simmons talking about the ladies.
Smith, Lonnie - Dr. Lonnie Smith on how it works.
Tabackin, Lew - Mr. Lew Tabackin on learning and doing.
Temperley, Joe - Mr. Joe Temperley, reflections.
Tolliver, Charles - Mr. Charles Tolliver meets Jackie McLean.
Watson, Bobby - Mr. Bobby Watson on etiquette and playing with the Buh.
West, Paul - Mr. Paul West on getting the gig with Dizzy.
Weston, Randy - Mr. Randy Weston on respecting "royalty."
White, Lenny - Mr. Lenny White on the allure of playing jazz.
Wilder, Joe - Mr. Joe Wilder talks about racism.
Williams, Buster - Mr. Buster Williams on learning from the ladies.
Williams, Leroy - Mr. Leroy Williams on keeping the music swinging.
Willis, Larry - Mr. Larry Willis heard Kind of Blue.
Woods, Phil - Mr. Phil Woods on the inspiration of Charlie Parker.
Workman, Reggie - Mr. Reggie Workman on joining Coltrane's band.
Wyands, Richard - Mr. Richard Wyands, from one night to the next.