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Ahmad Jamal: Interview 1

Interview One: Pure Art

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

Interview: 1979

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

It was good to be back here; I haven’t been here since ‘63. Well, I’ve been here, but I didn’t work. After doing the Montreux Festival in Switzerland in ‘71, I flew to London; then I flew to Paris to do a concert with my late friend Hampton Hawes, for the television network there. Then I flew back to London, and took a train from Southampton to Morocco. So it’s been 1963 since I was here in a playing capacity: I played one night, and flew back to Basin Street East in New York. It’s a pleasure being back-having a lot of fun.

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