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Dexter Gordon: Interview 2

Interview Two: Lester and Wardell

Les Tomkins talks to the American jazz tenor saxophonist and an Academy Award-nominated actor Dexter twice in 1962 in these two interviews.

Interview: 1962

Source: Jazz Professional

Interview Text or Transcript

Marshal Royal was the lead man in the first Lionel Hampton band and he stayed on me constantly about playing the parts correctly, intonation, phrasing, breathing—all those things that are very, very essential. A lot of young musicians don’t get any knowledge of these things today because there are so few big bands that they can learn them from. Section–work is very important and very different from playing with just four or five pieces. It’s altogether different because you have to learn a lot of discipline.

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