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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.


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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Tony Williams: Two Decades of Drum Innovation
Published 11/1/1983

Tony Williams erupted onto the jazz scene in 1963 as a 17-year-old prodigy with a full-blown, volcan … 
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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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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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