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Art Pepper: Interview 1

The Evolution of an Individualist

Art Pepper discusses finding and developing his own musical style, his personal journey through addiction, and the influence of his wife, jazz musician Laurie Pepper, over four interviews with Les Tomkins, 1979-1981.

Interview: 1979

Source: Jazz Professional 

Interview Text or Transcript

"Happily, Art Pepper - for so many years a jazz legend we had to think of in the past tense - is back on the playing scene again. His wife Laurie has made, and continues to make, the major contribution to recovering and maintaining his good health. While I interviewed Art, prior to his recent London concert, Laurie Pepper was sitting nearby. The comments or interpolations she made were very relevant and interesting; italicised within brackets, they are included here." Les Tomkins, 1979

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