Classic Interviews

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


Phil Is Now: Out Of The Woods
Published 1/23/1957

Phillip Wells Woods is a lean 25, with the appearance of an Alan Ladd, and an alto that talks more l … 
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Muddy Waters: Last King of the South Side?
Published 10/8/1964

These days the singer wears his success easily. He has weathered well the shifting tides of the popu … 
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Ornette Coleman: From The Heart.
Published 4/8/1965

Such a state of affairs drives some artists to anarchy.

“I hear about people trying to … 
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Ornette Coleman: From The Heart.
Published 4/8/1965

But how does this relate to the music of a compose-player-performer in which improvisation plays suc … 
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Bob Belden’s Spanish Key
Published 3/1/2011

It’s a sunny, spring day in May in midtown Manhattan that begins a week of recording. And everybody’ … 
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Jazz On Television In 1965
Published 5/6/1965

For the record—and in the interest of enlightening posterity and giving credit that is seldom … 
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Horace Silver: In Pursuit
Published 9/13/1973

Horace Silver remembers a time years ago in a Boston hotel room when he wrote out the idea for a new … 
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Maynard Ferguson Looks Forward to New Leading Career
Published 10/3/1956

Dubbed “showboater,” “crowd pleaser” and “exhibitionist” for years, Maynard Ferguson, one of th … 
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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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ECM

Berkley

University MN Press

NJPAC

Cannonball

Jody Jazz

Antigua

Greg Pasenko

Galaxy Audio

Macsax

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