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Roland Hanna: Interview 2

Interview Two: The Two Handed Pianist

Second of three interviews between 1969-1980 by Les Tomkins, with the jazz pianist Roland Hanna. 

Interview: 1971

Source: Jazz Professional


Interview Text or Transcript

My musical life started very early. I was having lessons when I was two years old, but I actually began trying to play when I was five. I had some excellent piano teachers in Detroit. During high school I studied ‘cello with a member of the Detroit Symphony for about five years, in order to keep my musical education active. After doing my Army service, I went right into Juilliard. So there’s been ups and downs, decisions to make and whatnot, but it’s all been a straightforward thing, inasmuch as I made the decision long ago to be a complete musician.

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