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Victor Feldman: Interview 1

Interview One: Frame of Mind

First of three interviews with British jazz virbraphonist, pianist and percussion player Victor Feldman talking to Les Tomkins in 1965 and 1971.

Interview: 1971

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

The very sad death of Victor Feldman takes my mind back to a childhood theatre visit. The show was called Piccadilly Hayride, and included a dazzling display by the Boy Wonder Of The Drums—young Vic Feldman. In later years Victor virtually left the drums behind and became a brilliant jazz player on the vibes—with a distinctively percussive approach. After enlivening many British bands, Victor emigrated to the States and built up an enormous reputation on vibes and piano in such groups as those of George Shearing, Miles Davis and Cannonball Adderley, and in the Woody Herman Herd. I met him and interviewed him in the early ‘seventies when he made a return visit to appear at Ronnie’s; I found that I liked him very much as a person, and that I enjoyed his piano improvisations as much as those on vibes. On the Hollywood studio scene Victor was in great demand as an all-round percussionist—in fact, he was regarded as the leading expert in this field. However, with such talents, he always maintained contact with the jazz world, and periodically added to the collection of first-rate recordings, in his own name and as a sideman, that now remains to remind us of his greatness.

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