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This section includes articles, interviews and biographies relating to professional and amateur musicians. It also includes reminiscence interviews with various community groups reflecting on their diverse investments in music. Some have been created during the NJA's IJR Project. Other entries are from the Jazz Professional website, now managed by the National Jazz Archive.
Alan Arnold
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist Alan Arnold describes the good times of a lifelong career playing trumpet and bass parts of traditional mainstream jazz, locally around Essex, nationally, and internationally. Playing a variety of clubs, festivals, radio…

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Brian O'Connor
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Kent-born freelance jazz photographer Brian O'Connor emphasises that his rich portfolio of jazz legends and events has largely been thanks to the right timing and connections from the start. Limitations and customs of the '40s and '50s sparked…

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Camilla George
Wednesday 28th June 2017

Nigerian born saxophonist Camilla George ‘got to love jazz’ initially through the vivid exposure her parents provided. A good breadth of jazz via their vinyl collection and regular trips to Ealing Jazz Festival which intrigued and bewildered the youngster…

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Adrian Green
Thursday 22nd June 2017

Adrian Green, promoter of Southend Jazz Club, tells how he was originally inspired by the New Orleans roots of jazz. Growing up in the 50’s and 60’s it was easy to be directly motivated by the music available. With many live venues playing jazz as…

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Ahmad Jamal: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Pure Art

Two interviews by Les Tomkins with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal discuss his musical career. Both interviews conducted in 1979. 

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Ahmad Jamal: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: Producers

Two interviews by Les Tomkins with jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal who discusses his musical career. Both interview conducted in 1979

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Al Cohn: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Back to that Applause

The American saxophonist and composer talks to Les Tomkins twice in 1982; also, an interview by Tomkins from 1965. 

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Al Cohn: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: The Broadening World of a Player/Writer

The American saxophonist and composer talks to Tomkins about practice, other musicians and compositions.

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Alan Dean: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Success Story

First interview in 2004 where vocalist Alan Dean talks to Ron Simmonds about his success in the television industry. 

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Alan Dean: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: Testing the Water

A brief description about the career success of vocalist Alan Dean which includes his success in America and his European tour. 

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