Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan

Gary Smulyan Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 How did you come to play the baritone sax? Well, actually, the baritone sax found me. I was an alto saxophonist up until 1978, and I got a call to join Woody Herman’s band, which was at that point still touring 50 weeks a year. I … Read more

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Al Foster

Al Foster

Al Foster Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 How did you come to play the drums? At three years old, I was banging on my mother’s pots and pans. My great aunt bought me a practice pad when I was around maybe five, six or seven, and I was practicing all the time. My … Read more

John Patitucci

John Patitucci

John Patitucci Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 How did you come to play the bass? Oh boy, that’s a long story. Well, my older brother is a guitarist. When we were little, one of my cousins started to play guitar across the street, and then my brother wanted to do that, so my … Read more

Tim Armacost

Tim Armacost

Tim Armacost Played at the club 11/09/18 and 11/10/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9_Elj6JWE8 Tim, how did you come to play the saxophone? It took me a little while to get to the saxophone. I heard Benny Goodman playing the clarinet when I was eight. We were down at Wolf Trap outside of Washington, DC. An indoor/outdoor kind of … Read more

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell

Catherine Russell Played at the club 11/30/18 and 12/01/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PC_n04kElQ I know you came from a musical family, but how did you get your start as a singer? Well, you know, you grow up in school and choirs, and we had music education in school, so I grew up as an alto in the choir, … Read more

George Coleman

George Coleman

George Coleman Played at the club 11/2/18 and 11/3/18​ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQNj1cABJgI How did you come to play the sax? In 1950, I think I first picked up an alto saxophone when I finished high school. My brother was a saxophone enthusiast too, so he bought an alto saxophone and we started playing it together. He went … Read more

Larry Willis

Larry Willis 10/26/18 & 10/27/18 Salina: How did you come to be such an amazing pianist?  Larry Willis: There was a piano in the house, and I had an older brother who was classically trained. I started out as a singer. I was a voice major at the High School of Music and Art and … Read more

Ravi Coltrane

Ravi Coltrane 10/19/18 & 10/20/18 Salina: How did you come to play the saxophone? Ravi Coltrane: My parents were musicians. Music was all around my house growing up and I always loved art and always loved creative pursuits. I was a big fan of photography when I was very, very young. Also a big fan … Read more

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Louis Hayes

Louis Hayes 10/12/18 & 10/13/18 Salina: How did you come to play the drums? Louis Hayes: My father played piano and drums, so he was the one who introduced me to this instrument. First piano, then I played the drums. I was maybe seven or eight. And I had my mother’s support. Salina: What would … Read more