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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.
John Dankworth: Interview 3
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Three: Picking the Right Music

English jazz composer, saxophonist and clarinettist John Dankworth talks to Les Tomkins about different styles of jazz, and what it really means to "swing". 

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John Keating: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: 100 Pipers

Biography of the composer John Keating by Ron Simmonds (1999); also, quotes from Keating himself, and both parts of "A Bandleader and his Arranger" written by Keating (2001). 

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John Keating: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: A Bandleader and his Arranger Part One

A two part article where John Keating discusses the importance of an arranger to the band and his past experiences related to this. 

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John Keating: Interview 3
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Three: A Bandleader and his Arranger Part Two

A two part article where John Keating discusses the importance of an arranger to the band and his past experiences related to this.

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Johnny Mandel: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Film Scoring 

Les Tomkins interviews composer Johnny Mandel in 1970 about writing music for films, and again in a separate interview about the music scene (also 1970).

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Johnny Mandel: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: The Music Scene

Johnny Mandel discusses his viewpoint on his musical influences and the differences between musicians. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Lalo Schifrin: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Each Film Has it's Own Sound

The composer Lalo Schifrin talks to Les Tomkins in 1967. Two further interviews by Les Tomkins from 1976 are also featured, as well as two interviews by Howard Lucraft (1967 and 1994).

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Lalo Schifrin: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: A Third Steam Triumph

Lalo Schifrin discusses how he introduced jazz to the Los Angeles Chamber Music Society concert headed by Igor Stravinsky. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Lalo Schifrin: Interview 3
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Three: My Approaches to the Film Score

Lalo Schifrin discusses his past film scores and his own approach to composing music. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Quincy Jones: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Personally Speaking

First of three interviews with the legendary Quincy Jones. Les Tomkins talks to him twice in 1963, and again in 1965.

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