Register for updates!

Charlie Shavers

About The Size of It

Les Tomkins interviews American jazz trumpeter Charlie Shavers in 1970. Shavers played with artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday.

Interview: 1970

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

Although the record books give my birth details as New York, August 1917, I was actually born m 1920. When I went with John Kirby’s band I had to put my age up in order to work—because of the child labour scene.

Read more