Classic Interviews

Since 1934, DownBeat has served as the book of record for the jazz world. Following are some classic interviews from our archives.


Freddy Cole: Melody Man
Published 7/1/2001

Freddy Cole is a singer and a pianist. Outside of a couple of showpieces he was compelled to compose … 
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Benny Goodman: From the Inside
Published 4/9/1964

About 27 years have gone by since they danced in the aisles to the music of Benny Goodman and his ba … 
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Chico Hamilton: Flexible Chico
Published 6/15/1967

The advertisement for a recent weekend booking at New York’s Village Gate read “Chico Hamilton Trio, … 
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Jimmy Giuffre: ‘I’m a Trio Now’
Published 9/19/1957

“I’m a trio now.”

This is Jimmy Giuffre speaking. Until recently he’s been known as a good ten … 
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Lena Horne: The Horne of Plenty
Published 1/9/1958

Somewhere in the background, by the piano in the living room, Lennie Hayton sat with coffee in hand, … 
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Louis Jordan: The Good Times Still Roll
Published 5/29/1969

The question “Whatever became of Louis Jordan?” may seem relevant or ridiculous, depending on where … 
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Poncho Sanchez: ‘Funky Cha Cha Cha’
Published 12/1/2003

Poncho Sanchez follows his heart. His heart has guided him over the past 20-plus years to the point … 
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Metamorphosis: Abbey Lincoln
Published 9/14/1961

“One day I looked up, and I saw that they had wiped off my face. I didn’t recognize me at all. I was … 
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poll Poll Winners

This archive lists the names of winners of DownBeat’s annual Readers Poll (dating back to 1936), annual Critics Poll (which was added in 1953) and the Hall of Fame.
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