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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.
Art Blakey: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: One of the Extroverts of Jazz

Les Tomkins talks to the American bandleader and drummer in 1963, 1973, and again in 1987 in three separate interviews.

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Art Blakey: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: Speaks his mind

Art Blakey talks in depth about his experience drumming and the different styles of drumming there is to offer. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Art Blakey: Interview 3
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Three: More messages from the messanger

Art Blakey discusses his views on being a 'Jazz Messanger'. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Buddy Rich: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interivew One: Let Musicians be Heard as Individuals 

Interviews by Les Tomkins span 14 years of Buddy Rich's jazz drumming career.

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Buddy Rich: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: Let's Honor the Living Greats

Buddy Rich discusses people who influence him and credit people he has worked with. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Buddy Rich: Interview 3
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Three: One Armed Drummer

Buddy Rich discusses what happened when he became a one armed drummer due to breaking his arm. Interview by Les Tomkins.

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Ed Shaughnessy: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: Talk Drums

Les Tomkins talks to the jazz drummer twice in 1980 and again in 1982. Also, an interview with Frank King from 1967.

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Ed Shaughnessy: Interview 2
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Two: Drummers Dialogue

Ed Shaughnessy talks with Frank King about the art of drumming, tricks and techniques. 

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Ed Shaughnessy: Interview 3
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview Three: What Drummers Need to Know

Ed Shaughnessy discusses how to be a successful drummer and talks about the differences between rock and jazz drumming with Les Tomkins. 

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Irv Cottler: Interview 1
Tuesday 8th January 2013

Interview One: One Thrill After Another

Les Tomkins interviews the jazz drummer Irv Cottler over 10 years (1975-1985).

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