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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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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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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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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

NJPAC

Cannonball

Steve Webster—EC Barlow

Jody Jazz

Chesky

Macsax

Macsax

DCJAZZ

Oatmeal

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