Classic Interviews

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


Star-Studded High Society Features Sinatra, Armstrong & Crosby
Published 8/22/1956

The transfer of successful stage and film properties of the past into film musicals has become somet … 
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Ornette Coleman: The First Beginning
Published 7/21/1960

In the recent fuss and furor over Ornette Coleman, a good many persons have been making hasty leaps … 
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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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Tommy Dorsey: Jazzman
Published 1/9/1957

Tommy Dorsey was one of jazz’s great liaisons with the outside world. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, … 
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Art Blakey: Message Received
Published 5/11/1961

Art Blakey sat on the edge of the bed in a Detroit hotel room. Dressed only in a T-shirt and shorts, … 
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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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Randy Brecker: Unlimited Capabilities
Published 1/31/1974

Trumpeter Randy Brecker has transcended the steps on the “musical bus” many times. Consider the … 
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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

Lena Hovanesian

NJPAC

Jody Jazz

Atlantic Music Center-AJPAC

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