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Gil Evans: Interview 1

Interview One

A two part interview with the composer Gil Evans, interviewed by Les Tomkins. The first part of the interview was conducted in 1978, and the second was in 1983. Featured here as separate interviews. 

Interview: 1978

Source: Jazz Professional 

Interview Text or Transcript

Glad to be here, man—yeah, it’s nice. I’ve never been to England—first time. Well, I met some nice people in Bristol and Southampton. You know, I have no idea who the audiences are going to be, really. Because most of the younger generation have never heard of me; so I didn’t know who was going to be there. And I met lots of people who knew about my records; it was nice to meet them, because I don’t really get out that often. I don’t work in America at all; so I don’t get anything there, I don’t come to Europe too often—just enough to pay the rent, right? I like to come as often as I can, but I haven’t had the opportunity too much. This year’s shaping up better; I’m going to be in Europe in summer this year—in Chateau Vallond; somewhere for Norbert Gamson—I think it’s Antibes; or one of the Scandinavian festivals. So it’s going to be a much better year for me, in getting to play with the band.

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