The Hamilton College Jazz Archive holds a collection of videorecorded interviews with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics. Collection of the interviews began in 1995 and is still ongoing.
Each of the 284 items in this collection consists of a photograph of the interviewee and a transcription and audio track of the interview. To view the videos you must contact the director of the Jazz Archive, Monk Rowe (click the "CONTACT" tab).
The transcriptions require Adobe Reader.
"Established in 1995, the Hamilton College Jazz Archive holds a collection of videotaped interviews, currently numbering 275+ entries, with jazz musicians, arrangers, writers and critics. The collection generally focuses on artists associated with mainstream jazz and the swing era. Former members of bands led by Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton and the Dorsey brothers are well represented. Significant soloists and arrangers from small ensembles dating from the 1930s have also been interviewed."
"The holdings are particularly viable for material pertaining to the learning process employed by young jazz musicians prior to the establishment of jazz education programs, and the realities of making a career in the jazz world. Other significant topics addressed include stories of life on the road and in the active New York City recording scene as well as racial relations (past and present) in jazz. Interviews with Oscar Peterson, George Shearing, Clark Terry and Milt Hinton were conducted by vocalist Joe Williams."
(Quote from the Jazz Archive Home Page.)
The transcripts are provided in the Acrobat PDF format, created by Adobe Acrobat Standard, version 7 in 2010.
Pucky Pizzarelli - Interviewed: May 2, 2003
Veteran guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli relates amusing anecdotes from his early days with the big band of Vaughn Monroe.
Monk Rowe, Joe Williams Director of the Jazz Archive
Phone: (315) 859-4071
The Hamilton College Jazz Archive
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Web site: http://www.hamilton.edu/jazzarchive/
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